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Two contractors, each for two months!

News posted on Mon, 2012-08-20 21:26

That's right -- Oliver Tappe and Ingo Weinhold have been accepted for individual contracts![1, 2] Each of them will be working for two 160 hour periods. That adds up to an additional 640 hours of dedicated HAIKU development time for a total cost of €8,000 EUR. The area of focus will be Haiku's package management. (See A brief summary of HAIKU's package management. for an explanation of how package management will work.)

Hopefully, these contracts will start in Dec. 2012. Given the delay between this announcement and the expected start date, there will be another reminder upon the actual start of the contracts. (Or if something unexpected comes up, an announcement for that.)

As both expect to start at the same time, this could be a tremendous productivity boost. Not only will they both have the opportunity to dedicate large blocks of time specifically for developing Haiku, but each of them will be working on the same project! Both of their minds would be in tune with their immediate tasks at hand and the larger picture. That would make bouncing ideas (and obstacles) off of each other that much more effective. It is specifically the nature of Haiku, Inc.'s contracts that fosters this type of cooperative development in a for-pay scenario. Instead of simply rewarding the completion of a product (without care for the implementation or the implications of future works), these contracts allow the developers to ensure their contribution is implemented with the future of the project in mind.

As there are over 2,000 open tickets for R1, there clearly are numerous areas of Haiku that are in need of improvement. However, so long as the contract proposals are for R1 items, it is not the practice of Haiku, Inc. to give preferential treatment to particular projects. Haiku, Inc. is always interested in receiving contract proposals.

If you appreciate these contracts and want to see additional contracts to accelerate the development of HAIKU R1, then spread the word and donate today!

He's back, back in the Haiku groove!

News posted on Sat, 2012-06-30 16:49

Ok it hasn't been years since Michael was here, on IRC passin' his time away.
To the left and to the right, commits towering to the sky.
It's outta sight in the dead of night
Here he is, again in this project, with a fistful of keystrokes
And baby, you better believe.

He's back, back in the Haiku groove!
He's back, back in the Haiku groove!
(Ok, enough ripping off KISS lyrics)

Michael Lotz has been casually making commits in his KeyStore feature branch! First as a reminder to everyone, as Michael explained the KeyStore API will be able to "securely manage keys, passwords, certificates, etc. in a central place and generic way (so that it can be used by other applications as well)". More details on its design and functionality are mentioned in Michael's blog. As you can imagine the KeyStore API will add much appreciated functionality to Haiku, specifically in the area of managing wifi connections.

Magazine Article About Haiku Published in the May 2012 Issue of IEEE Spectrum

News posted on Wed, 2012-05-30 17:29

Long time Haiku contributor and Haiku, Inc. board of directors member Ryan Leavengood recently wrote an article about Haiku, which was just published in the May 2012 issue of IEEE Spectrum. For those Haiku community members who are IEEE members you can read the article in your print magazine, and all others can read the whole article online.

The Haiku project is always appreciative of any positive media coverage, and we want to thank Ryan for writing the article and the staff of IEEE Spectrum for publishing it. Ryan would also like to give a special thanks to his wonderful editor, Jean Kumagai. She help turn a mediocre article into a great one.

A new development contractor!

News posted on Sun, 2012-05-20 16:03

Announcing development contracts is one of the best feelings. It is a time when a volunteer developer is given the opportunity to dedicate a large block of time for their hobby -- developing HAIKU! This is made possible through the countless donations from people like you, who love Haiku and are willing to give what is right for them, to make Haiku a better operating system. Thank you to all of our supporters, both public and anonymous!

This time, we are pleased to announce that Alexandre Deckner will be working on the WebKit port and, if time allows, WebPositive. You may remember "aldeck" primarily from his work on Tracker -- squashing bugs, rewriting sections for better performance and updating it to utilize the Layout API. As Alexandre states, "Good web support is something crucial for any operating system these days, it is for some users the main software they will use on a computer and one of the first things a new user will try on Haiku. To summarize, Haiku has to provide the best web experience possible and i believe i can help to go in that direction."

RealLife(TM)

News posted on Sun, 2012-04-22 22:09

To be honest, this article is something I have been dreading. It's one of those situations, where you hope and pray that it gets better before you take action, but it hasn't.

Michael has landed onto some tough times. The injury from some weeks ago has healed well enough. However, RealLife™ has prevented him from focusing on Haiku. It involves his personal life outside of Haiku. That's all we know and that's all we need to know. With everything that has happened and will continue to play out over the next weeks, Michael has decided to cease the contract. In the future, he does plan to contribute to Haiku. For now though, he needs to take a step back.

First Bugfix Weekend

News posted on Wed, 2012-03-28 18:30

We'd like to invite every developer to our first Bugfix Weekend this weekend March 31st to April 1st. It's an idea recently brought up on the developer mailinglist that developers should regularly meet up virtually to solve bugs or enhancement tickets from our bugtracker together.

While it's a bit short notice, it fits nicely with the 25th BeGeistert meeting that is held on that same date in Düsseldorf. That way everyone can participate in the two day hackfest even if they can't make it there in person.
It's a nice opportunity for old and new developers to meet the rest of the gang and get more involved with Haiku development. Our Google Summer of Code students to be are especially invited to join, of course.

The Bugfix Weekend will be held on the Muscle server beshare.TyComSystems.com, accessed with BeShare (or JavaShare if you're not running Haiku). BeShare is a client for chatting and easily sharing files, which should be nice for quickly sharing some source files, pdfs or screenshots etc.
As alternative, there'll be a regular IRC channel #haiku-bugfixweekend at irc.freenode.net.

BeGeistert 025 "Silver" registration now open!

News posted on Tue, 2012-03-20 14:47

Late as always the registration for the 25th BeGeistert event is now open at last. Head over to www.begeistert.org if you want to take part in it.

The jubilee event is taking place at the youth hostel Düsseldorf as usual. Many of Haiku's core developers will attend, and discuss the future of Haiku among other things. It's a social event where Haiku developers and users come together to share their ideas, and experiences, even though there will also be workshops, and presentations for those interested. The complete program is still being worked, on though.

This time, there is no coding sprint, however, but to compensate for that a bit, the event includes the monday as well.

Thanks a lot to Charlie Clark and the Haiku Support Association e.V. for their tedious task of planning and organizing the events in all these years!

ReactOS gets USB Stack, with Help from Us

News posted on Mon, 2012-02-20 23:22

The ReactOS and Haiku projects have had a friendly working relationship for several years now, with each group helping the other whenever possible. These range from helping each other with conference attendance at SCALE and FOSDEM to development related matters. Haiku was especially helpful during ReactOS’ successful application to Google Summer of Code 2011, providing advice and feedback on ReactOS’ application efforts, and the ReactOS project remains grateful for the assistance.

The current ReactOS USB stack was started by Michael Martin, with Johannes Anderwald quickly joining in the development effort. Recently Johannes made significant progress in completing its USB stack, thanks to the reference Haiku's USB stack provided.

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!