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Daily Haiku Reloaded

27th December, 2007 08:48 AM by Sikosis
When Daily Haiku was initially started, it's focus was to be a storage area for Haiku Image files, however, with the Haiku project now getting sponsored hosting from Dream Host and have now setup the very cool Haiku Files, our site's goal became moot and so, we went through an overhaul.

Daily Haiku - Your Source for Haiku News (Aggregated)

I now present to you - Daily Haiku, your one-stop site for all Haiku News via draggable RSS feeds. We plan to make the site more customizable in the future, so keep your eyes peeled in 2008. Until, then enjoy.

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Haiku PC Store - Open for Business

9th December, 2007 11:59 AM by Sikosis
Today, I launched the Haiku PC Store, which is an online store powered by Amazon.
Haiku PC Store

All profits will be donated to Haiku Inc., the founding body that steers the Haiku Operating System.

So, if you need to get your geek on haiku-style, head on over and exercise your credit card.

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Haiku @ FOSDEM 2008

30th November, 2007 08:51 AM by Sikosis
We've just had word from François Revol aka mmu_man, that Haiku has been accepted for a booth (1 table, 2 chairs, 1 mains socket) and will be sharing the table with another project, OpenAguila.

FOSDEM will take place on the 23rd and 24th February 2008 in Brussels, Belgium.

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Wordpress Sucks

29th November, 2007 11:02 AM by Sikosis
I've been using Wordpress for awhile now, dealing with all the crap whenever you need to upgrade. However, the last upgrade has broken all the categories and for me that's the straw that broke the camel's back.

So, I'm going on record to say Wordpress Sucks ... and I'll be moving to a new CMS over the next month or so - definitely by the new year. You might be thinking, well what are you going to move to ?

I was asking myself that question. I've used a lot of popular CMS's like Mambo, Joomla, Drupal, etc and each one has suffered from problems on upgrades or in Drupal's case is just plain awful. I've actually been working on my own, on and off for awhile and I feel now is the time (cue Scott Brown track).

Keep you eyes peeled (or I'll peel em for ya) ...

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Google coughs up $4k to Haiku

24th November, 2007 10:46 AM by Sikosis
"Haiku Inc. recently received from Google a check for $4,000 for its participation in the last Google Summer of Code 2007 program. This is ten percent of the total $40,000 that Google disbursed to sponsor the eight Haiku related projects alloted for GSoC 2007.

We want to thank Google for giving us the opportunity to participate in the program for the first time this year, and hope they will consider us again for next year."

Hit the Haiku OS site for more details.

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Haiku Events

20th November, 2007 09:45 AM by Sikosis
With all the various Haiku events that happen around the world, I thought I'd take the time to collate all this information and group them month by month. So, here goes ...

January - BG (Germany) / BeGeistert (Germany)
February - SCALE (California, USA) / FOSDEM (Brussels, Belgium)
March - Numerica (France)
April -
May - Google Summer of Code (thru til August)
June -
July - WalterCon ?
August - Linux Picn*x (California, USA) / Haiku Anniversary
September -
October - T-DOSE (The Netherlands)
November - Kansai (Japan) / BeGeistert (Germany)
December -

I thought I'd better put this on the Haiku site, so I've created the new Haiku Events page.

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Haiku - Booth and Speaker Spot at SCaLE 6x Expo

14th November, 2007 08:52 AM by Sikosis
Jorge Mare aka Koki writes "I am pleased and very excited to announce that our application for a booth and a feature speaker spot at the SCaLE 6x Expo have both been accepted.

Yes, you read well: we will not only have a booth (for the second consecutive year), but Haiku developer and “Googler” Bruno G. Albuquerque will also be presenting our project and operating system as one of the few featured speakers that SCaLE invites every year among prominent members of the open source community.

This is the first time Haiku is awarded a speaker spot at a renowned open source event, and we are proud of this achievement."

I'm pretty chuffed too :)

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Kokito @ Kansai Open Source Forum

11th November, 2007 06:29 PM by Sikosis
Kokito writes on his Haiku blog about his Impressions of the Kansai Open Source Forum Conference on Day 1, with the Day 2 report and photos to follow in the next few days.

ATC complex in Osaka

ATC complex in Osaka, Japan

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Daily Haiku

28th October, 2007 05:23 PM by Sikosis
I've setup a new site that will contain Daily Haiku HD Images, stored with their version number in the filename. At this stage, I'm not sure how many images I'll store here, probably as many as I can fit :)
Daily Haiku

There is also an RSS Feed you can subscribe to, showing the latest files available.

Update: The site can now be found at

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Haiku at 2008 ???

22nd October, 2007 12:30 PM by Sikosis
Linux Conf 2008Koki gave me the heads up on an upcoming Linux Conference in Australia that is run by Linux Australia.

I enquired if one of their mini-conference rooms was available, but unfortunately, they are not. The closing date for submissions for these rooms was in July - I've diarized that for next year, however, we have been asked to sign up for a Birds of a Feather session.

"We will have some rooms available at the conference to run Birds of a Feather (BoF) sessions during the week. You will be able to book a BoF space at the conference proper and I'd like to invite you to do so."

With that in mind, I started putting together some prices on what it would cost to get to this event and put it on:-

Accomodation||$35 per Night to $150 per Night
Flights||$178 Return from Brisbane
Food||$20 to $100 per Day

I estimate about $350 AU to $450 AU for myself to travel from Brisbane to Melbourne and stay for two days. Of course, I'll have to get the time off work as well.

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Reinventing Haiku

19th October, 2007 10:49 AM by Sikosis
Stippi aka Stephan Assmus has posted on the Haiku web site about the current transition phase that is underway. There's been a lot of discussion behind closed down and it was decided that now was the time to get the community involved, a call to arms, so to speak.

Anyway, head on over to the Haiku site for the full lowdown.

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Niels drops a T-DOSE of Haiku

15th October, 2007 07:01 PM by Sikosis
"A few hours ago I had my Haiku talk on the Dutch Open Source event T-DOSE, and I'm still glowing all over. The attendence was above all my expectations, around 25 people were in the room. And despite of the last minute all night changes I had to make, the speech went fluently. Someone made a few pictures, which I hope to be able to post soon, and more importantly, I'm on tv! I'm on Sunday around 11 AM, so have a look!

I'd sincerely like to thank the T-DOSE organisers, Jeroen Baten and Jean-Paul Saman, for making this event possible. Read on for more!"

You can also head on over to City TV and stream the tech talk.

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Search the Source

9th October, 2007 09:15 AM by Sikosis
OpenGrok SearchI came across a site today that I heard was built by a guy named Janne, called uses OpenGrok Search to browse the Haiku source repository.

I must say, this is a nice resource to use when you need to find something in a hurry and onto of that, it's very quick.

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CheckItOut on Haiku (sort of)

8th October, 2007 11:16 AM by Sikosis
Here's a screenshot of CheckItOut running on Haiku version 22479.

CheckItOut on Haiku

As you can see, the application appears to look the business, with a few font issues and the lack of transparency on the picture, but unforuntately, it's all downhill from here. Instead of the app invoking the CVS command, the Terminal pops up and nothing happens.

As Haiku is still pre-alpha, these things can be expected. I'll look into it some more and will in due course post on Haiku's bugtracker.

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CheckItOut Version 0.5

16th September, 2007 09:54 AM by Sikosis
CheckItOutI decided to dig out and dust off one of my old BeOS drives, mainly because I was looking for my HIDE code. Anyway, I found it and all the rest of my code, so when I saw that one of my published apps on BeBits - CheckItOut wasn't working, due to a change in the way you access SourceForge servers via CVS. So I thought, it was my duty to fix the bug and update the app.

Now that I've got my HIDE code and thirst for BeAPI again ... who knows what the future might bring.

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Our Day at HUMBUG

12th September, 2007 09:18 PM by Sikosis
Haiku at HUMBUGOn the 8th September, I attended a local Unix user group called HUMBUG, at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.

This was their Annual General Meeting, which was very much an informal gathering of 34 unix users and with the Haiku presence we had, we definitely made an impression; certainly more people know about Haiku than yesterday, and that's gotta be a good thing.

Earlier that day when I was driving to the University, I got stuck behind this white hatchback, which had the license plate letters KDL. I thought, this was some sort of omen, however, I can announce there were no hiccups during the demos I gave.

For more of this article, head on over to the Haiku Official Site.

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Haiku Podcast #10

23rd August, 2007 11:51 PM by Sikosis
"Happy 6th Birthday Haiku OS !!! It's that time once again, the Haiku Podcast - Episode #10.

I'm now back from travelling around the globe, we've got tons of news for you this month, as well as my impressions of FalterCon, the impromtu Haiku gathering that took place at Linux Picn*x, our BeBits choice app and what we'll be up to very shortly ..."

You can find us on iTunes, Feedburner or visit us at

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FalterCon 2007

18th August, 2007 11:11 AM by Sikosis
FalterCon 2007 took place on August 11, as part of the Linux 16th Anniversary Picnic held at the Sunnyvale Baylands Park in California, USA. For more information, check out

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WalterCon is out, FalterCon is in ...

1st August, 2007 09:59 AM by Sikosis
FalterConAs WalterCon was cancelled on 24th July due to a lack of interest, the remaining Haiku loyalists/fans have decided to hold their own conference named FalterCon.

"We will be gathering to get to know each other, do some much needed advocacy/PR for Haiku (we will bring leaflets and CDs to hand out), exchange information about the project and, of course, have some fun!

Some of us will bring our laptops with us, and some network gear (ie., wifi router, cables, etc.) so that we can access the net from Haiku. Keep an eye on the forums for the details as they develop."

So, head on over to their site to check out more info.

Update: FalterCon has now been official endorsed by Haiku Inc.

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Factory comes to Facebook

23rd July, 2007 08:37 AM by Sikosis
Haiku on FacebookToday I wrote a Facebook app for the Haiku Build Factory - where you get your Haiku OS fix.

This app displays the latest Build image with links to the VMware image and the Official site.

Are you down with Haiku and on Facebook ? If so you must add this app now.

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OSNews Interview Axel Dorfler

5th July, 2007 09:00 AM by Sikosis
Axel Dorfler, admin lead and coding legend of the Haiku Project, has been posed 5 questions in interviewed by OSNews.

Click here for the OSNews article.

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WalterCon 2007 Announced

4th July, 2007 04:36 PM by Sikosis
"The upcoming Haiku conference WalterCon 2007 has finally been announced: this year, it will be held in San Francisco, California, on August 11-12."

WalterCon 2007

Head on over to the WalterCon site to check out more details such as the agenda for the event.

Update: Due to a lack of numbers, WalterCon has been canceled for this year.

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Size Does Matter

22nd June, 2007 06:42 PM by Sikosis
In the case of the OzHUG Haiku Edition, it does. They recently held a poll from April til June on the size of the Haiku distro they plan to distribute. With the results in, the majority are in favour of a 600mb image, with even some users wanting it larger.

The OzHUG Team have gone over the results and have decided that the users have spoken and 600mb will be the size of choice, also meaning the team can stock the distro with a lot more goodies for the users. :)

We like goodies ...

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New Factory

12th June, 2007 02:14 PM by Sikosis
After being away for 6-7 weeks travelling, I came back to find the BeOS Build Factory machine was not in a good state. Everytime, it tries to checkout the source, it crashes. After spending a week trying to fix the issue, I've decided that due to the other issues such as poor networking on net_server, I'm now setting up a Linux Build Factory machine.

I decided to pick Ubuntu 7.04, as it's gained a lot of hype recently and someone had posted in May that they built Haiku on it. The new factory is now checking out all the source, so hopefully, it should be operational in the next day or two.

Update 13/6: Run into a few issues, but so far, I've been able to overcome them thanks to gotaku on the IRC channel. Jam is built, so are the cross-compile tools. Unfortunately, it's not letting me update the source I checked out yesterday, so I'm forcing it to get the source again.

Update 14/6: Source is down and it's now jammin' away quite nicely. Hopefully, I'll have a new Haiku HD Image and Haiku VMware Image ready for consumption soon ...

Update 15/6: Things seem to be okay. I've now updated the VMware Virtual Appliance site to link to the daily built vmware image.

Update 19/6: Today, I managed to spruce up the Haiku Build Factory page, by converting it from a standalone site to drupal blocks and pages. I've also left off the jam packages at the moment, as they're not currently being updated.

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Haiku Podcast #09

9th April, 2007 12:46 PM by Sikosis
Haiku Podcast

"Back for 2007, it's the Haiku Podcast - Episode #09 - our one year anniversary episode.

We've got lots to catch up on this month, as well as we have an interview with Team Haiku's operators - Curtis Wanner and Urias McCullough."

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Happy Easter Edition of Haiku

8th April, 2007 06:34 PM by Sikosis
DownloadI've just uploaded the latest version of Haiku in VMWare format.

This was created from Build 20610 and has been tested as working. Networking is still very basic, so don't expect too much just yet. Hopefully, the GSoC will add a lot of more stability and functionality to our beloved OS.

Until then, click here for VMWare's Free Player and click here for the Haiku image.

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Haiku Tech Talk at Google

15th February, 2007 12:55 PM by Sikosis
According to the Haiku site, the guys have reported that the event was a success.

"Yesterday was our big day at Google, and we can say with a good degree of confidence that the Haiku Tech Talk was quite successful. We had a very special guest for this event: former Be Inc. CEO Jean Louis Gassée, not only joined us at Google for our presentation, but also gave a few words of support and encouragement for our project."

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Haiku at Google

21st January, 2007 09:25 AM by Sikosis
This week, I haven't had much hands on with Haiku (an Exchange server at work has been causing me no end of grief and still is). But in the northern hemisphere, things have been going well at the Haiku Tech Talks at Google.

Long time Haiku developer and OpenBFS (God) Team leader Bruno Albuquerque (BGA), who has been working with Google since last year, made arrangements for these talks, giving Haiku a very unique opportunity to introduce the Haiku Project to many Google engineers.

And Google engineers are happy, switched-on people, just check out this video if you doubt it ;)

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