Haiku is an open-source operating system that specifically targets personal computing. Inspired by the BeOS, Haiku is fast, simple to use, easy to learn and yet very powerful.

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The Haiku source is continually built and released for testing purposes nearly every day. You can download and install these latest snapshots to check out the latest features and bug-fixes.

Be aware that nightly images may be unstable. Additionally, some packages included with official releases need to be installed separately.

If you're OK with this, you can find further instructions at our Nightly image page.

A Report From BeGeistert 023

Blog post by luroh on Sun, 2010-10-24 22:14

Probably forgetting half of what took place and getting the other half backwards, below are my recollections of BeGeistert 023.

BeGeistert 023 - Prime Time

Blog post by humdinger on Thu, 2010-09-23 13:05
BeGeistert Logo

On behalf of the Haiku Support Association (HSA), we'd like to invite you to our 23rd BeGeistert meeting on the weekend of 23./24. of October 2010. It will be held as usual in the nice conference rooms of the youth hostel in Düsseldorf, Germany.

BeGeistert is an excellent opportunity to mingle with and learn from other users and developers from all over Europe (and beyond: this year we're happy to be joined by Rene Gollent, flying over from the US, and Christof Lutteroth and Clemens Zeidler from New Zealand!). Hear about other people's projects or present your own, meet many of Haiku's core developers and discuss the future of Haiku. Or present your favorite KDL and see if our gurus can successfully debug it...

Preceding the BeGeistert weekend, there will be the usual weeklong Code Sprint (18.-22. of October 2010). The additional rent for the needed room is partly financed by Haiku Inc., so many thanks for that!

If you want to join the gang and help bring Haiku another big step forward, contact Stephan Aßmus as soon as possible.

As last BeGeistert, we'll have a separate workshop day on Monday, 25. of October 2010. This time Axel Dörfler will host the tutorial. It's planned to program a simple game, showing off multi-threading, messaging and queries; all tailored to the participants' coding skills of course. A perfect opportunity to pick the brains of one of Haiku's major architects.

The workshop has to be booked separately from the BeGeistert weekend and since places are limited, it's recommended to do so quickly!

Register now on the BeGeistert website!


Per night, incl. breakfast: 24,80 EUR
BeGeistert weekend, incl. lunch: 35,00 EUR
Programming workshop on Monday: 75,00 EUR

LCA 2011

LCA2011linux.conf.au (lca) is a conference about Open Source Software, including Linux. It brings together the world's community of Linux and open source enthusiasts who make considerable contributions to open source software. It is not limited to just Linux users - the community is much larger than this

This is the second time lca has been held in Brisbane, with the first conference being hosted in Brisbane in 2002. 2011 will be a significant year for the open source community with many open source applications now considered mature and many more in development. Of greater significance to the many Linux users out there, 2011 will also mark the 20th anniversary of the Linux kernel originally written by Linus Torvalds in 1991.

But why is this significant to me ? Well, because Haiku will be there. Phil Greenway (Sikosis) will be presenting on Friday 28th January, 2011 at 11:30AM (just before lunch; a good spot I'm told).

Event Dates: 
2011-01-24 - 2011-01-28


Brisbane, Australia Brisbane
Event Contact: 
Phil Greenway
Event Email: 
Haiku Team Contact: 
Planned Activities: 

This talk will give you an overview of the history of Haiku, what it's strengths are, what you can currently do with it and how you can get involved. Being a desktop focused OS, the main part of the talk will be demonstrating Haiku's abilities to get things done.

Google Summer of Code 2010: Wrap up report

News posted on Sun, 2010-09-12 15:36
Google Summer of Code 2010 Logo jpeg

In the past four years, the Haiku Project has had both the honor and privilege of being a Mentoring Organization in Google Summer of Code™. This is a wonderful opportunity for the Project, as it exposes Haiku to many potential youthful and energetic minds that are interested in developing Open Source Software. Even more exciting, it provides a unique opportunity of generating income for the Project while growing a handful of carefully selected students into knowledgeable and potential long-term contributors.

Haiku Down Under 2010 Report

Blog post by Sikosis on Sat, 2010-08-28 15:25

Haiku Down Under 2010It was a fine, sunny morning in Brisbane, Australia: home of the Third Annual Haiku Down Under Virtual Conference for Haiku Users and Developers. Virtual in the respect that the event was streamed live over the Internet via the uStream service. We accept (and regret) that this service requires Flash, so you can’t use Haiku to view this event, you must use another OS like Windows, Mac or Linux.

This year, HDU (short for Haiku Down Under; not slang for How Dare yoU) were able to book a conference venue at The University of Queensland with projector, white board and limited seating where myself, Sikosis was joined by BeMark and Mojodale.

Haiku turns 9 today!

News posted on Wed, 2010-08-18 14:44

DaaT over at IsComputerOn reminds us that today is Haiku's 9th birthday!

I guess we were so busy, we forgot to post something... shame on us!

Stephan back at the wheel & a website for Haiku, Inc.

News posted on Thu, 2010-08-12 00:24

Axel has now completed his contract, and intends to pursue the Haikuware bounty for implementing the missing bits of WiFi support over the next weeks.

Your generous donations are allowing us to continue contracting Haiku developers for money. Thank-You-All for supporting these efforts!

Stephan has submitted (edit: and has been accepted for) a development contract -- 160 hours at $2000 USD. Originally he proposed for additional features relating to WebPositive. However in the scope of the next release and even R1 (Final), other areas whose outstanding bugs and issues need greater attention:

  • app_server
  • MediaPlayer
  • Media Kit

Purchasing time and allocating it towards these areas will remove another obstacle while moving towards the great goal of R1.

Lastly in case you didn't hear yet, Haiku, Inc. has launched a website for itself! A few days ago, there was a reminder that using or modifying the trademarked HAIKU logo as your logo is not `OK'. This is strictly about using the HAIKU logo as branding for your goods or services. On the other hand, displaying the logo for saying We support Haiku or as part of an explanation of what is Haiku is allowed and encouraged.

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