Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 17th Aug 2009 09:34 UTC, submitted by moochris
BeOS & Derivatives I had been following the mailing list for the Haiku project the past week with growing interest. The topic of discussion? Why, the alpha release, of course! What needs to be done, who needs to prepare what, and most importantly, what schedule are they going to settle on? Well, after numerous insightful back-and-forths, the community has settled on a schedule.
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Good and bad
by WendelFree on Mon 17th Aug 2009 12:23 UTC
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I'm a longtime BeOS user and this is a milestone I've been looking forward to for a long, long time.

Unfortunately, I have a few problems with the Haiku OS and the project itself that needs to be addressed.

Code base
The quality of the code base leaves a lot to be desired, and this of course trickles all the way up to the user.

For instance, the release from last week 1) didn't boot on my SMP machine (so I boot in non-smp mode), 2) didn't work with the my nvidia card (so I switched), 3) eventually corrupted my hard drive (which, fortunately, is only for testing.)

While Haiku isn't a target for nasty hackers yet, it's bound to be if it gains widespread usage. The network stack looks completely unaudited with respect to security, and I suspect a lot of the other subsystems suffers in similar ways.

Fixing these things late is painful, so please start working on this early!

And yes, I've submitted bug reports ;)

Project and focus
There's too much focus on icons, web pages and sugar. I couldn't care less about these things right now. I know that in an open source project, people tend to work on what they want to, but some management is always possible in order to direct focus. And that focus should be code auditing, and making sure stability and security issues are being worked on.

In short, I don't think an Alpha release is the right thing to do now. There's just too many issues.

That said, I really wish Haiku all the luck in the future!

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