Today is a good day. Today is a day which will remain in Haiku history. Today is the day Haiku Inc. announced a new developing contract and what a contract it is. Haiku Inc. and Michael Lotz (aka mmlr) have signed a 6 month contract for Michael to work full-time on Haiku. And it's not the end. There is the intention to extend the contract for another 6 months (funds allowing), which would be historical indeed.

Michael has, along the years, worked in differents bits and pieces of Haiku, most recently he did some great work on IO-APICS which allowed Haiku to boot on more hardware than ever. And the quality of his work speaks for itself. For the duration of the contract Michael will focus his attention on different parts of Haiku, for example WPA/WPA2 support (together with Axel?) and extending his work on the USB stack, to name only a couple. I for one am hoping WPA/WPA2 support will be number 1 on his list :)

As I said in the beginning, today is a day for Haiku history, let's hope others will follow. But don't forget that, for that to happen, Haiku needs our help as well.

 

Well, a guy can't go away for 3 days, Haiku releases Alpha 3 to the world. Of course they should have waited for me to come back! :D Seriously now, that day we were all waiting for arrived on Saturday the 18th when Haiku unleashed into the world it's 3rd pre-release version, Alpha 3. This new version brings a lot of improvements over the previous version including (just to name a couple): "enhancements for hardware support, such as IO-APIC, ACPI, video drivers, network drivers and USB" and "The mail daemon replacement (MDR) and parts of the Mail Kit have been rewritten. MDR crashes are fixed now". Many more improvements / enhancements are listed over at the Release Notes page for you to enjoy.

And how do you get this yummy piece of software? Two ways, either download it or buy it. So what are you waiting for if you don't have it running on your machine already? Get it, install it, enjoy it, test it and don't forget to report any bugs you find, that's what Alphas are for. Great job everyone.

Haiku Inc. just announced today a new developing contract. The contract is for 160 hours and the developer is Ingo Weinhold, aka bonefish. Ingo will be focusing on Haiku's package management (picking up on Oliver's great work so far) and some of the main items he'll work on include:

 

  • Adjust the build system and tools to build and install the Haiku core system as a package
  • Work on tools to build Haiku packages in a clean chroot environment
  • Adjust build "recipes" for HaikuPorts packages as needed and build the packages. A tool to check the package against packaging guidelines might need to be implemented
  • Extend packagefs to provide information about active packages to the tools that need it (e.g. the package solver)
  • Implement the package solver (as Oliver proposed based on libsatsolver)
His work will of course include other points of interest and we're very interested to see the results of his work.
Also, as mentioned in the post, Haiku Inc. is more than pleased to have more of proposals for developing contracts, they can only help Haiku further along, so if you're up to it, how about it?

 

Finally! This took a long time coming but it's finally here, the next BeGeistert has been announced/dated. BeGeistert 024, codename Blackbird (also the codename for my favourite airplane ever, the SR-71) will take place, as usual, in Düsseldorf and as for the date, it'll be help during the October 29th-30th weekend.

No more details have been published so far (the FAQ still mentions BG 023 for example), but just having a set date is great. Start making your travel arrangements!

Haiku Alpha 3 is coming and it's coming fast. It could be out in as soon as two weeks time. Starting yesterday the devs have switched into bugfixing mode and according to Adrien (aka pulkomandy), next Saturday the Alpha branch will be created.

So not long to go now. In any case, the wait won't be as long as the one for the PSN to come back up :)

Update: Adrien just branched Alpha 3. Tick tock tick tock...

Yesterday marked the release of the latest TuneTracker System, bringing the BeOS/Haiku-based radio system up to version 4.5. According to TT Systems, 4.5 is their biggest upgrade in years and the number of new features sure shows it. Just to name a few:

  • "Almost instant" program log generation in TuneStacker
  • Cross-day ProximityGuard protection in TuneStacker
  • New "Game" button in Command Center for inserting a special broadcast log into your main program log

And that's not even 10% of the new features/improvements according to their website which lists them all, way too many to list here. For years TT Systems have been a success story in the BeOS (and now Haiku) world, showing that with right tools, drive and ability you can make a commercial venture work and the face of the project, Dane, has been incredible throughout all these years (and to top it off he's a real nice guy).

Congratulations to TT Systems for the new release, we here at ICO wish them all the best and may this release be their most successful to date.

Easter was last week but that doesn't special easter eggs to be given and in this case Haikuware presented Haiku Inc with a very tasty egg. An egg filled with $2000 dollars, donated to Haiku by Haikuware and its supporters, who had previously donated this money for possible bounties.

Haikuware had a poll over at their site and the majority of voters chose this option, on the condition that the money be used for coding contracts, such as the ones Haiku Inc had in the past (with Axel for example). Speaking of it, it hasn't been easy for Haiku Inc to find developers interested in taking on coding contracts (at least in this point in time), so if you're a dev with free time in your hands at the moment, why not get in touch with them and submit your proposal? You'll be payed for your efforts and will in turn be loved by millions!

Back on topic, great job Haikuware.

A few weeks ago Haiku announced it would once again be part of Google's Summer of Code and finally the accepted students/projects are in. Eight is this year's magic number and we're all hoping they bear fruits. Here's the list of the eight students who will be mentored in 2011's GSoC along with their projects:

  • Dario Casalinuovo - Services server and Contacts files integration
  • Gabriel Hartmann - USB Video Driver for High-end Webcams
  • Sean Healy - Language bindings for the C++ API
  • Nathan Heisey - SDL upgrade
  • Jian Jiang - Add USB 3.0 support to Haiku
  • Jack Laxson - Bâtisseur: a build server for all
  • Ankur Sethi - Port ZFS to Haiku
  • Mike Smith - VirtualBox guest additions for Haiku

Best of luck to all and their mentors. I hope every single projects come to a happy ending and the students stay with the project for the long run.

This was posted over at the Haiku website at the beginning of the month. After a long process and wait, Haiku was finally awarded the trademark for the Haiku logo, by the USA Patent and Trademark Office. This is great new for Haiku, Inc. since it will allow them to better protect their logo and brand, in case future infringements occur.

Great news indeed and congratulations to Matt for all of his hard work.

Google Summer of Code 2011 has now started, althought for now only behind the scenes. Organizations are applying and anxiously waiting for the date where the chosen ones are revealed. And of course this year is no different, Haiku has applied for a spot in the mentoring organisation group. If they get it it'll be the fifth year in a row, let's keep our fingers crossed (just as soon as i finish typing this).

Haiku's GSoC 2011 page is up and there you can see the ideas available for students to apply for, among which:

  • Updating AbiWord
  • Filesystems: general improvements
  • BFS Partition Resizer
  • USB 3.0 support
Those are just four among twenty four so there's plenty of choice with diverse areas to cater to everyone's likings.
Silly me, I just noticed the timeline and TODAY is the day when Google announces the accepted organisations! So as soon as we have word, we'll update this piece with the (hopefully good) news. Stay tuned!

Update: According to Google's GSoC 2011 website, Haiku was just accepted as a mentoring organisation for the fifth straight year. Congratulations to everyone who worked hard to make this a reality!