Several key Haiku developers came together last week for an unofficial coding sprint. During this sprint, they made major headway in a vast array of aspects of the Haiku operating system, such as improving the HID driver, file system problems, and many other things.
They also discussed the almost mythical first alpha release of the project, and concluded that nothing is really stopping this release from materialising. This is what they had to say about it:
This means that the alpha release is now tantalizingly close. These are indeed exciting times for the Haiku project, which has been underway for a very long time now, never doing any form of an official release. The project is quite careful with giving users the wrong impression, and they don't want to give people the wrong idea about the project's current state.
As soon as an alpha release has indeed made its way onto the web, I can guarantee you I'll be doing a little celebration dance. Here's to hoping they get the IDE vs. ATA issue worked out quickly!