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SOPA / PIPA information

News posted on Wed, 2012-01-18 15:39

Today the internet is taking a moment to protest the current US internet censorship bills.

SOPA and its brother PIPA are universally seen as limiting free speech on the internet. Many organizations including Google, Wikipedia, Reddit, and thousands of others are using today to better inform the public in a non-partisan way that these bills are bad for freedom on the internet at large.

You can find more information on SOPA, PIPA, and who you can contact to voice your opinion to at sopablackout.org

2011: From the desk of Haiku, Inc.

News posted on Tue, 2012-01-03 03:42

2011 has been an amazing year for Haiku in many ways. It is easy to see the improvements in Haiku (the operating system) by looking at the nightly builds or the bug tracker. In quite such a tangible way. Haiku, Inc. serves as the business arm of the project, if you will, collecting donations, handling paperwork, dealing with web hosting, etc. It is a little harder to see some of the improvements in Haiku, Inc. sometimes - they are a little more "behind the scenes", so we wanted to take this time to talk about all of the good stuff that has happened!

University of Auckland: Scholarship awarded! Call for Students/Visitors!

News posted on Sat, 2011-11-19 17:08

Exciting times these are. Haiku, Inc. steadily marches towards being capable of funding a core developer for 12 months of contractual development. Thank you donors! BeGeistert 024 has spurred a flurry of commits, even continuing past the coding sprint. Google has accepted Haiku as a mentoring organization in its Google Code-in 2011 program. The version control system has been migrated from subversion to git. Thank you sys-admins! And on top of all this, the University of Auckland has awarded Alex "yourpalal" Wilson with a 2011/12 International Summer Scholarship for a research project in Haiku! And the university has placed an open call for additional students and visitors!

Invitation to BeGeistert 024

News posted on Tue, 2011-10-11 16:24
BeGeistert Logo

Dear Haiku developers and users!

We'd like to invite everyone to HSA's 24th BeGeistert, the largest Haiku conference around. On the weekend of October 29th/30th developers and users meet again in Düsseldorf's Youth Hostel to code and talk and see what's new in the Haiku world. A perfect opportunity to learn of others' projects or present your own.
Currently we plan to have these talks and workshops on the agenda:

Google Summer of Code 2011 Results!

News posted on Sat, 2011-09-03 18:44

Hot summer of code
Students learned a lot, had fun
Everyone wins!

Friday August 26th 2011 marked the end of Google Summer of Code™ 2011 and, once again, Haiku did great with 4 out of the 8 initial students passing the final evaluation (7 were actually evaluated, 1 having unfortunately failed at midterm). The raw numbers might be a little bit deceiving, given that the fundamental goal of the program is ultimately to attract new contributors to the project; and early indications are pointing toward a success in that perspective.

Survey results in

News posted on Sat, 2011-08-20 15:53

Last year Dr. Miroslav Stimac asked the Haiku community to participate in a survey to gauge interest in Haiku, usage pattern and wishes for the future, and obtain some general demographic data. This was part of his master thesis "The desktop operating system Haiku" that can now be ordered as PDF or printed book.

Miroslav is so kind to provide chapter 6 with the survey and his analysis as a free download. While naturally being quite technical at times, it offers some interesting numbers that may also become useful when considering strategies in the future. At last we now have some hard empirical data instead of vague feelings concerning size or interests of our community at this point of Haiku's evolution.

A Decade of Haiku

News posted on Thu, 2011-08-18 18:12

Ten years ago today, the first post appeared on the mailing list of our project - then still called "OpenBeOS" - officially marking the start of our endeavor. Back then, with the imminent demise of Be Inc., there was an excitement and creative motivation in the air, that lead many to think a first release was only a matter of a few years. As it turns out, this estimation was a bit too optimistic...

Others didn't have confidence in the project and attested a quick dissolving before having anything to show. They were apparently wrong too. After ten years Haiku is still here and making progress. And with a quite stable and feature rich Alpha 3 we have a pretty good picture of what R1 will look like.

In those 10 years many developers came and went, and some are still around, coding away with a passion. With further progress more and more non-coders became active and did their part to improve the system. This continued passion and determination in realizing a shared vision makes me confident that we'll see Haiku around in another ten years time. I wonder what soon-to-be-released version of Haiku we'll be excited about then...

(R) II: Return to the USPTO

News posted on Thu, 2011-07-14 01:53

On July 12th, 2011, Haiku® received its registration with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). This registration is for "Haiku" the name (as opposed to the HAIKU logo®, which became a registered trademark in March). More precisely, this new registration is known as a "standard character claim" and affords much more protection than the "stylized mark" registration of the logo.

Now for a quick crash course in trademarks. First, trademarks are specific to types of goods or types of services. As an example, our trademark registrations relate to computer operating systems, but not to washing powder. In layman's terms, a "stylized mark" is a specific representation of a trademark. In our case, the HAIKU logo consists of the word "HAIKU" in all uppercase letters, with 3 leaves that partially cover some of the letters. That registration is specific to that description (and similarly confusing marks). A "standard character claim" is more generalized, flexible, and stronger. That registration applies to any form that "haiku" can take -- whether it be as typed characters or a graphical representation.

So, back to the question that many of you may be wondering -- "What does this do for the Haiku Project?" It strenghtens everyone's ability to associate "Haiku" with the computer operating system that the Haiku Project creates. Additionally, it provides some artistic freedom. Let us imagine a purely hypothetical scenario to illustrate how this "standard character claim" registration provides that. Some years have passed and the project decides to create a completely new logo for Haiku. In this imaginary scenario, that new logo would be protected by the "standard character claim" registration. In short, it affords us the confidence that there will be only one operating system that can be called Haiku, no matter what the logo looks like.

Lastly as a reminder, Haiku, Inc. provides a page describing the trademarks and their proper usage.

Haikuware Donates $10,000 to Haiku!!!

News posted on Thu, 2011-07-07 20:30

That's right, you read that right. And no, today is not April 1st. Haikuware has donated Ten-Thousand Dollars to Haiku, Inc.

Haiku, Inc. gratefully values each and every dollar that is is donated. A contribution of this magnitude, well, it simply is astounding. In other words, thank you once again, Haikuware!

The time is now: Michael Lotz on a long term contract.

News posted on Wed, 2011-06-29 23:35

Haiku, Inc. is ecstatic to announce Michael Lotz (AKA "mmlr") on a 6 month contract developing Haiku!! There is the intention to renew this contract for another 6 months, making Michael to be the first person to be paid to work on Haiku for an entire year and you can make that a reality!

The goal of his contract would be to work on anything and everything to bring Haiku closer to its first production quality release, better known as "R1". The scope, variety and quality of code that Michael has produced over the past six years and even more recently, gives Haiku, Inc. the fullest confidence in his ability to succeed in every task that he works on. Simply put, Michael gets the job done and done right.