Haiku is a new 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.
WHAT'S NEW IN HAIKU DEVELOPMENT
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.
In the past few days, there has been two important developments regarding our participating students.
Tom Fairfield has resigned from this year's Haiku Code Drive. Recently, he was accepted for a Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) program. This is a significant and important opportunity for him, especially since Tom is pursuing a continuing education in graduate school. However, the REU conflicts with the Haiku Code Drive timeline. As such, he decided to formally withdraw from HCD. To quote him: "I still plan on contributing code to Haiku - it's an awesome project but I must put it on hold for now. Thanks again for the opportunity though." We at Haiku wish you all the luck with your Research Experience for Undergraduate program and we are confident that you will succeed!
Almost simultaneously, Raghu Nagireddy who was slotted for participation has returned from his absence and accepted our invitation to participate in this years Haiku Code Drive. Stephan Aßmus will be mentoring his project, which is largely centered around adding BFS support to FUSE. In the next day or so, Raghu will be creating his project summary blog post.
The list of accepted students will be updated to reflect these changes. Once again, we wish Tom the best of luck in his endeavors and congratulate Raghu on participating in HCD2009!
This year for Haiku Code Drive, the student selection process has been completely overhauled. Unlike last year, where a public vote was held to select the students, our mentors have determined the combinations of <student>-<project>-<mentor>. Since our requirements for Google Summer of Code were greatly improved upon from last year, our mentors were able to confidently decide which of those combinations have the highest chance of succeeding.
Full-text indexing and search tool for Haiku
- Student: Ankur Sethi
- Mentor: Rene Gollent
- Project Abstract
A plugin-based, full-text file indexing tool for Haiku, similar in functionality to OSX's Spotlight, GNOME's Tracker and SkyOS's Index Feeder. The main goal of the project is to make important documents and applications easily accessible and to reduce mouse usage.
There were several issues that limited this list. First, it is of utmost importance that Google Summer of Code remains the top priority. Based on that, the mentors have agreed that is not in the best interest of Haiku to encourage mentoring more than one student. Students such as Francesco Piccinno and JiSheng Zhang are participating in Google Summer of Code with other organizations and therefore are not eligible to participate in this year's Haiku Code Drive. Some students simply failed to reply to our requests to participate. Lastly, other students did not have someone capable of effectively mentoring them.
The format of Haiku Code Drive 2009, will in large be similar to last year. The timeline will closely follow Google Summer of Code's timeline. A stipend of $2,500 USD will be provided to successfully completed projects. Non-completed projects will be considered for half payment. The students will be encouraged to maintain a blog, provided to them on this website, with status updates. In general, they will be treated with the same respect and courtesy as our students who are participating through Google.
The finances for both students is already secured. As you may recall, some students from last year's Haiku Code Drive did not complete their projects. Due to this, $2,500 was left over and earmarked for future use. The other half of the money was paid to Haiku for our participation in Google Summer of Code 2008.
In celebration and recognition of the hard work put in by all of this year's Google Summer of Code applicants, several of Haiku's news sites have coordinated with each other to provide those students with an opportunity to be interviewed. These interviews will be covered by BeOSNews, BeGroovy, Haiku Gazette, Haikuware, and IsComputerOn, and will be spread out over the following two weeks.
Update: All of the received interviews have now been posted! I would like to congratulate and thank all of the participating newsites on this extensive collaboration effort. If any additional translations become available, feel free to Contact Me
Update: IsComputerOn has conducted another interview with Alexey Burshtein
Even though Johannes speaks English, his native language is German. As such Haiku Gazette was able to conduct the interview. The English translation will be provided to IsComputerOn.
Tom was interviewed in English by his mentor, Pier Luigi Fiorini.
We are pleased to announce that Google has allotted us with six students for this year's Summer of Code program! This is quite an achievement, seeing as how Google accepted only 1000 students, which is about 10% less than in 2008. As with the year before, the quality of the proposals submitted by students has increased significantly. This year, students who applied to Haiku were suggested to fix an issue in our bug tracker. This provided our mentors with a glimpse into the students' programming ability, as well as their ambition. Those contributions, several of which have already been committed to our SVN repository, proved to be a valuable resource when ranking the students. This allowed our mentors to strike a balance between projects that fill a need in Haiku and projects by students who have also shown themselves to be a worthy Google Summer of Code student. These students went above and beyond our requirements and expectations. They gave us hope that come October, November, and beyond, they will still be making contributions to our community. Since retaining students as community developers is one of the goals of Summer of Code, it weighed heavily in our decision. Without further ado, here is the list of students who will be sponsored by Google to contribute to Haiku in Google's Summer of Code 2009:
Internationalization support for Haiku
CIFS client Implementation
Port Haiku to ARM architecture
Integrate WebKit in Haiku native browser
Implementing ZeroConf support for Haiku with mDNSResponder
We encourage everyone to continue the hospitality that has always been a part of our community. This has become a well-earned reputation for the members of Haiku's community.
We would like to take this time to express our gratitude for all students who have submitted project proposals. Many of you have displayed that your abilities rival those who were accepted. It is an unfortunate situation that we were not allocated more student slots by Google. We are looking at ways to express our appreciation of your efforts so far. In addition we are investigating the possibility of sponsoring another Haiku Code Drive. At this point, no decision has been made and we are welcoming comments on regarding this matter. If you would like feedback regarding your proposal and suggestions for next year, feel free to contact (Matt Madia).
Thank you to all who have and continue to take the time to make Haiku's participation in Google Summer of Code a successful adventure. This includes Google for sponsoring Summer of Code, the Melange developers and contributors, and of course Haiku's Mentors.
Haiku GSoC 2009 flier (pdf & hi res PNG)
Haiku's application for Google Summer of Code 2009™ has been accepted!
This year, the role of Haiku's Google Summer of Code primary administrator has been taken up by Matt Madia, with Stephan Aßmus acting as the backup administrator. Over the past few days, Google program administrators evaluated a total of 395 Mentoring organization applications and published their list of those accepted on Wednesday, March 18th 19:00 UTC. As you may imagine, time had seemingly slowed to a crawl in anticipation of the results!
As usual, we have created a list of suggested ideas. We encourage interested students to begin considering possible projects and more importantly to engage yourself in our community!
Here's some anecdotal data involving Google Summer of Code from the past and this year. The number of mentoring organizations has grown from 40 in 2005, to 100, to 130, and up to 175 in 2008. There were roughly 500
mentoring applications in 2008, however a good portion of those were "spammy" and does not represent an accurate count of actual applications. Google's application process this year has greatly reduced the number of "spammy" applications. The number of participating students in 2005 was 400 and has grown over the years to 1125 as of last year. For this year, Google will be establishing a cap of around 1000 students for 2009.
If you happen to be visiting the Chemnitzer Linux-Tage conference on March 14-15, 2009, make sure to stop by the Haiku booth and say "Hi!". Attending this year on behalf of Haiku will be Stephan Aßmus, Axel Dörfler, Denise Wein and Daniel Wünsch.
The Haiku booth is next to the one of the Fedora Linux project, together with many other open source operating systems like FreeBSD, Ubuntu, openSUSE, NetBSD, OpenBSD, etc.
The Chemnitzer Linux-Tage are an event around the topic Linux and open source for everyone. The entrance ticket costs 5 EUR for both days (3 EUR for students). The event will be held at the following location:
Reichenhainer Straße 90
Haiku booth at SCaLE 2009
After a long week of chronic procrastination, here is finally my report from the recent SCaLE conference. The 7th Southern California Linux Expo, familiarly known as SCaLE 7x, was held at the Westin Hotel Los Angeles Airport Hotel on February 20th through the 22nd, and Haiku had its booth for the third year in a row. SCaLE is a bit special for me, as it was the first show that I did for Haiku (back in 2007) and because that's where Haiku made its debut at a big open source conference; I personally view this first appearance combined with the now renowned Haiku Tech Talk that we gave at the Google Mountain View offices soon after (Google video available here) as a sort of turning point for a project coming out of obscurity and starting to make it in front of the eyes of the world. Melancholic aspects aside, SCaLE is a popular open source event that combines abundant and rich speaker tracks with an exhibit floor that has a healthy mix of open source projects and businesses, so it is a great place to raise awareness and promote the project among a small but well qualified audience of mainly geeks and business people both involved in open source.