Hi everyone,

Just wanted to wish you all a very Happy New Year, hoping 2019 brings only good things. Who knows, maybe even a new Haiku release? :-)

Have fun!

The time has come, the wait has finally ended! After almost 6 long years since the last release, Alpha 4, Haiku has a new release out and it's a biggie, it's Beta 1. 

The release was announced this weekend and users have of course already started downloading and installing it. To do so, just head over to the Get Haiku page and while it's downloading you can use read the Release Notes. And as always, if you do encounter a bug, do report it using the Bug Tracker. It's been a long, long wait for this release, but hopefully from now on the gaps in between will be shorter.

Congratulations to everyone involved in this release, well done!

Just got word that the news came out last night, Haiku is taking part of Google Summer of Code 2018! As it's been the case, regularly, Haiku will once again be a mentor organization for GSoC, which helps students get involved with open source software development. This will allow not only students become aware of Haiku but will, hopefully, help Haiku itself get fresh blood into the project.

The students application period will run from March 12th to the 27th with the projects announced on April 23rd. That I'm aware of, there's no official Haiku GSoC Projects page yet, but there is an ideas page, which students can take inspiration from. Let's see what the application period brings to the project!

While some have already welcomed 2018, many of us are still counting down the hours. Regardless of whether you belong to the first or to the latter, we here at ICO would like to wish you all a very happy new year, may the best of 2017 be the worst of 2018.

Have fun! 

Pulkomandy has published his latest Haiku report, for November. And it's a biggie! This one coincides with the latest Coding Sprint, which unfortunately wasn't preceded by BeGeistert this year, which brought together 7 coders, working almost around the clock. It also includes mini-reports for two conferences, Alchimie and Capitole du Libre and there was even a breaking in!

There are many changes/tweaks/fixes mentioned in the report, among which better USB3 support and improvements to WebPositive, but for the full monty, you better head over and read it all. Thanks once again to everyone involved, we're edging closer and closer to the Beta release.

Pulkomandy has released another of his monthly activity updates, this time for October, covering revisions hrev51465 up to hrev51517. Most of the changes are in the user interface, including font management improvements in dealiing with the new Noto fonts.

Progress has also been made on the kernel side of things, with wait4 now working correctly, which will help with, among others, the Swift port. On the package side of things, HaikuDepot should run better, due to changes in how it talks with its server.

As always, for the full progress report, click on the link above. Thanks to everyone working on the project for their hard work.

As I'm sure you were all aware, Haiku is once again a selected organization taking part of Google's Summer of Code 2017. As usual Haiku had a list of projects/ideas from which students chose one to apply and now the time has come (well, yesterday afternoon) to reveal them. So here's the list of the 7 selected students and their projects:

  • Vivek Roy - 3D Acceleration in Haiku - Port DRM for the i915 to Haiku
  • AkshayAgarwal007 - Calendar Application - Develop a native calendar application
  • digib0y - Haiku Support for new Harfbuzz library
  • Joseph Calvin Hill - Porting the Swift 3.1 Programming Language to Haiku
  • Anirudh M - Preferences GUI Refactoring - Develop a shared/unified control panel
  • Ayush Agrawal - TCP optimization and fine tuning - Improve the current TCP implementation
  • Hy Che - Add write support for Btrfs

Here's to hoping all 7 students have fun and reach the end goal of their projects (and if they enjoy it, stick around after the GSoC is over)!

It's that time of the month again, Pulkomandy posted his latest Haiku activity report, this time for April and it covers hrevs 51064 to 51139. This report covers work on several sections of the OS, including Network, Media and Filesystem, including fixes to the intel_extreme driver, fixes to getaddrinfo, improvement on the GPT partitioning system and improvements to the launch_daemon.

Adrien also updated us on the next release progress, calling out for anyone with free and available machines which might run Haiku, to put them to good use, building packages. If you have such a machine, let them know and help with the next release.

Last but definitely not least, this week we'll find out which students have been selected to take part of Haiku's Google Summer of Code and what their projects are. Can't wait!

Happy New Year! I'd like to wish everyone a great 2017, I really hope it'll be good, I mean, it can't be worse than 2016... can it? I better not jinx it...

To start the new year in a nice way, here's Pulkomandy's monthly report with what happened to our lovely OS during the month of December, covering revisions hrev50718 up to hrev50829. In the report we can see work has been done in the user interface - for example an app to notify users when an update is available, instead of doing this via CLI - area, as well as work related to the kernel and drivers, packages and the launch daemon.

One big change which happened last month was the merging of jessicah's and tqh's work on UEFI support, which we already mentioned here, and the work continues on this, with serial debugging now working, and related to this, jessicah has also improved Haiku's GPT support.

Great work from everyone involved as always, and I hope everyone had a great time over the holidays.

Earlier this week, Adrien (aka Pulkomandy) published his monthly report, this time focusing of course on November commits and updates. This summary covers hrev50665 up to hrev50717 and in it several areas of Haiku have been touched, from Networking to E-Mail, with others including Media and User Interface.

Notable mentions include a fix which allows Web+ to open local HTML files again, a fix to a crash caused by playing HTML5 video or audio (important for YouTube for example) and the continued work on EFI support by jessicah. She merged her branch, which will allow other devs to tinker with it and, hopefully, get it up to working condition.

As always, big thank you to all the devs and while you're at it, why not donate to Haiku? Every little bit helps.