Colin, who's been working on getting wifi to work in Haiku (and whose BeGeistert presentation was mentioned in our report) posted a couple of days ago a status update on his progress.

In his update he lists the working drivers and compatible devices and the list is getting extensive:

  • aironetwifi supporting at least
    • Cisco Aironet 350 Series
    • Aironet PCI4500
    • Aironet PCI4800
  • atheroswifi supporting almost every chipset outthere (though no AR9285 chips)
  • broadcom43xx supporting
    • BCM4301, BCM4306, BCM4307, BCM4309, BCM4311, BCM4312  and BCM4318
  • iprowifi2100 supporting the 2100 chips
  • iprowifi2200 supporting
    • 2200BG
    • 2225BG
    • 2915ABG
  • iprowifi3945 supporting the 3945 chips
  • iprowifi4965 supporting the 4965 chips
  • marvell88w8335 supporting
    • Marvell Libertas 88W8310
    • Marvell Libertas 88W8335
  • marvell88w8363 supporting the 88W8363 chips
  • ralinkwifi supporting
    • RT2560
    • RT2561S
    • RT2561
    • RT2661
  • wavelanwifi supporting at least
    • 3Com Airconnect
    • GLPRISM2 WaveLAN
    • Intersil Prism3
    • Intersil Prism2.5
    • Linksys WDT11
    • Netgear MA301
    • Siemens SpeedStream
    • SMC 2602W
    • Us Robotics 2415
    • Addtron AWA-100 PCI

More work is coming of course (encryption for example), but Colin's made great progress so far, so congratulations are due. Keep it up Colin.

Hi everyone. While some are already celebrating the new year (I'm looking at you New Zealand), for the most part we're still waiting to pop open the champagne. So while there's still time, we here at ICO would like to wish everyone out there a great and happy 2010.

As they say (I hope I get it right): may the worst of 2010 be better than the best of 2009. Got it? Good :) Have fun everyone.

P.S.: Haiku R1? Hope so :)

First of all, sorry for taking so long to post this. Been a busy week but I must admit to lazyness as well. Guilty as charged. As usual, BeGeistert was great and I'm not saying that just for the sheep, honest. Click below for a (not that detailed) report.

One and a half year ago Evgeny Abdraimov decided to start porting the graphical toolkit QT4 under Haiku. Qt is a multiplatform library for developing GUI programs and is widely used in the KDE Desktop. The toolkit is developed by my friends at Qt Software, Nokia.

The project is hosted at, and Evgeny has gotten help by two other Russian developers, that many of us already know, Gerasim Troeglazov (aka 3dEyes) and Anton Sokolov.

The first visible result has been this summer with the launch of Analog Clock one of the examples in the toolkit, but they have since then, come so much further:


The Qt-based browser Arora running on Haiku


On the screenshot you can see the Arora webkit-based browser running on Haiku. You can see several more screenshots of Qt applications running on Haiku over at the site of the Italian User Group, and even better, the first dev preview of the port can be downloaded from BeOSFrance.

Dane Scott of TuneTracker Systems and BeOS Radio fame sent us an e-mail with a press release, letting us know that TuneTracker is now running on Haiku. They intend to have all the TT components working fully on Haiku before R1 is launched.

Click below for the full press release.

Update: Go here for a screenshot of TuneTracker running on Haiku.

There are several reasons why I love coming to Dusseldorf to attend BeGeistert. Seeing everyone who's involved with Haiku, seeing them at work, the group dinners and lunches, the talks/chats/discussions, the traveling as well, etc. But the main reason? Click below... 

Late this afternoon, there was a very nice talk/discussion about the future (or a possible future) of Haiku, till R1. After a nice moment occured. There was a toast to Haiku, Alpha1 and some of the main Haiku devs. Here's a picture of it:

Click me...

From left to right: Rene Gollent, François Revol, Michael Lotz, Marcus Overhagen, Stephan Aßmus, Axel Dörfler, Oliver Tappe and Jérome Duval.

P.S.: Sorry for the quality, I did no PP on it, just convert and resize (done in Haiku with ShowImage).

Over at the Haiku website Nielx posted a write-up on Haiku's Alpha 1 first week. In it he goes over the media and press coverage, which was quite extensive, with sites from Brazil to China picking the news up and also gives us some numbers on the downloads and website hits. The numbers are impressive with, not counting the torrent option and first day grabs, over 32k downloads in this first week.

Work is never done and of course development continues. Bug reports have naturally increased with the also increased visibility and testing so the squashing continue, along with improvements and additions, Gallium3D is being worked on for example. Everyone should get a pat on the back, the Alpha is a very good first release and demonstration of what can be achieved in the future.

Today marks the end of this year's Google Summer of Code, with the wrap-up report posted over at the Haiku site. In the report you'll find information about all six GSoC 2009 projects along with the extra two from the Haiku Code Drive 2009.

Overall this year brought better results than last year's GSoC projects did, too which the fact that Haiku required the students to solve one or more tickets from the bug tracker is no stranger. It helped not only the students, helping them get familiarized with Haiku's code and API but also the mentors in evaluating better the candidates.

Congratulations to all, both students (we hope they stick around and keep helping the project) and mentors, good job. Now go read the full report.

Yep, the big day has arrived. As of 10mns ago, the website went through a facelift, got updated and the mirrors are online (I'm downloading an ISO as I write this). The new site, of which Jorge Mare provided a preview sometime ago, looks really good in my opinion, with easy access to the latest commits and ticket updates, to give a couple of examples.

But of course the big news of the day (of the past 8 years) is the availability of Alpha 1. You can get it in three flavours, ISO, VMWare and RAW and from several mirros, in Europe, the US and Australia (though the aussie one says "broken" at the moment). Other than the direct downloads, there are torrents available as well. But all this talk won't get you the Alpha, so what are you waiting for? GO DOWNLOAD IT NOW! Great work everyone.

Update: Thom over at OSNews wrote a very nice piece on Haiku, its Alpha and even some BeOS history. Well done Thom, I'll send you a sheep as a gift.