Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 7th Dec 2006 12:05 UTC, submitted by sogabe
BeOS & Derivatives The Haiku network stack currently under heavy development is reportedly working with the Vision IRC client. Haiku developer Axel Dörfler reports that the network stack can now successfully run the Vision IRC client (screenshot on the Haiku website). At this stage, the network still needs to be configured manually, but this can be easily done by editing a couple of files as explained here. Haiku can use BeOS network drivers, so if your NIC is not supported, you can try finding a driver on
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While attempting to be non-inflammatory as much as possible, I had the opportunity to speak with David online a few times, and while a very smart (and I'm told nice) guy, he was very.. how to say.. volatile. I'm sure there were outside circumstances involved, but his departure waaay back when didn't really surprise me.

Other than him, I am not aware of any other devs who dug out over "issues" with how things were run. Mr. Phipps is right on target with his recollection of where people went/what happened.

When Haiku gets to the point people can actually start "using" it (R1) - I suspect more developers will sign on. Right now they probably stick with OSs they can run on their home PCs natively, and not only do OS development but browse the net, handle email/calendaring/etc. When it gets to that stage, it'll be a lot easier to convince people to give it a go.

One thing I'd like to see is with the release of Java under some open-source licensing, some integration. It'd be really nice as a developer to be able to write software than ran on Haiku as well as Linux/BSD/OSX/Windows. Java has a lot of negative press in speed, but I imagine a *good* Haiku port of J2SE 6 would be pretty impressive, with the underlying multi-threadedness of Haiku. That alone might be enough to get some people to switch over. ;)

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