Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 22nd Aug 2006 21:53 UTC
BeOS & Derivatives "We are creating a new team within Haiku - a Marketing/Communications (Marcom) team. Koki is leading it. For those who don't know him, Koki is a long time member of the BeOS community. He is fluent in Japanese, English and Spanish. He is also a professional in the realm of marketing with more than 10 years of experience. He will be responsible for website content, starting the Haiku User Groups, WalterCon, press inqueries and marketing materials."
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Focus Shift
by MeatAndTaters on Wed 23rd Aug 2006 03:50 UTC
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I truly loved BeOS. I have a 4.5 manual sitting here on my desk, for some reason. But as much as it was decried, Be's narrow "focus shift" to Internet appliances still makes perfect sense, even though Be Inc. flubbed it.

Face it: as a general, all-purpose desktop, Haiku is just never going to be worth anyone's time, unless you're a hobbyist.

But given a core set of functions and a good reference machine, Haiku could very well find a place. Think of any sci-fi movie where the wall has a large flat-screen display with broadcast news. And then the computer announces an incoming video call. Or a calendar reminder. You never see shelves of shrink-wrapped Family Tree Maker or QuickBooks boxes laying around. That stuff can be delivered online now.

Thinking of core requirements for such a future device, my requirements are small indeed: media (tv, dvd, cd, etc.,), analog phone/fax and VOIP softphone, video teleconferencing, web browser (flash included), email and PIM. That would be do-able.

Being a whizbang 32-bit OS (now that 32-bit is passe) isn't enough. Being the "media OS" copy (now five years later and the Media Kit is still Alpha) isn't enough. Having a smaller, refined focus shift might spur activity. I'd be MUCH more inclined to help work on 10 core apps for a device I'd hope to get my parents/grandparents/wife than a floundering hobbyist be-all.

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RE: Focus Shift
by mphipps on Wed 23rd Aug 2006 12:50 in reply to "Focus Shift"
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I don't agree, particularly with your premise that a general, all-purpose desktop is an unreachable goal, but I find the rest of what you have to say very interesting. :-)

I think building a media center from Haiku is a great idea. I have wanted one for a long time. The OS has to be written first, though. The OS is almost designed for that sort of thing. Now that we are far enough along, I would love to see someone start a project that focuses on PIM, for example. Or analog phone/fax.

Right now, we are focused on networking, kernel improvements (for stability and POSIX compliance) and bug fixing in the UI. All of those would be necessary for this media center.

Feel free to email me about this - I would like to talk more...

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