Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 20th Aug 2010 21:40 UTC, submitted by koki
BeOS & Derivatives This summer, too, the Haikuproject is part of the Google Summer of Code event. One of the more interesting projects is the Services Kit (draft document!) by Christophe "Shusui" Huriaux, which is an API to facilitate the creation of native web-enabled programs using standard web protocols and data exchange mechanisms.
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OK, more responses to more comments.

"Do they have a goal for the final R1 release or is it more a situation of plodding along and focusing on the quality rather than an arbitrary time table?"
I used to ask the same question, when is the final release, so I can use it. After using Haiku A1 I was surprised at how much I could do. And with A2 now in the rear view mirror, Haiku is "good enough". There are a growing number of Haiku users who are switching to it for their daily use. Sure, these guys are early adopters but they are able to get their stuff done. The number of regular Haiku users is growing. You don't need to wait for R1. You can use it now.

"Does anyone know of their plans for LLVM integration?"
Grzegorz has done a proof of concept. But this does not have high priority. It doesn't add any functionality:

"With the rose-colored shades of nostalgia missing I can only say that Haiku looks plain hideous to my eyes. "
I would agree that the Haiku look is a bit dated. It needs to catch up to OSX and Windows 7 in several aesthetic areas. Until now the project has been focused on functionality, and rightly so. Better to get it working first, make it pretty second. One of the major strong points of Haiku is that you have a single C++ API. This means that Haiku GUI can be easily extended by refactoring the look and feel code. If someone with serious window manager chops wants to step up and become a hero, this task is waiting for you. One person could make a huge difference here and could make a real name for them self. Just do it.

"While its cool, video and audio editing on BeOS is joke. There are no applications that are good enough for professional work." I know of 3 audio editing apps that work on Haiku. 2 of them might be good enough for semi-pro work.

There was commercial video editing app on BeOS but it is no longer supported. Writing a good video editor is a real challenge. I have seen numerous projects started and abandoned on Linux. It would be nice to see a basic video editor on Haiku. I wouldn't expect to see professional apps of any kind for a while yet. First we have to show clear advantages to using Haiku, then add lots of users, then come commercial apps. This is our next challenge.

"I haven't used their new web browser, but its lacking plug-ins and pixel32 wasn't really usable last time I tried it on BeOS."
Yes, not too many plug-ins. But WebPositive is surprisingly good. It lacks many bells and whistles but it is quite good at the basics, and quick. I ran Google apps with no problems. As for image editing, try a native app like ArtPaint:

Edited 2010-08-23 18:15 UTC

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