A couple of weeks ago it was announced over at the Haiku website that a new dev contract had been signed, this time with Dario Casalinuovo, aka Barrett. Dario will be working on the Media Kit, improving it, the media_server, streaming support and other pieces of the kit. The contract is for 120 hours which should translate in roughly a month of paid dev work.
A new dev contract is always welcome and it's great to see another dev step up and work full time on Haiku, and after the contract is over, Dario plans on working in other Haiku areas as well. Of note is also the fact that Dane, from TuneTracker Systems, donated $500 USD to help fund this contract.
As I mentioned at the top, this was a couple of weeks ago, and so, since he started, Dario already published his first two weekly reports, writing on his progress on the contract. You can find them here and here.
The Media Kit is a big part of Haiku, so I'm very keen to see how it'll be once Dario's contract is done.