Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 13th Jan 2007 00:08 UTC, submitted by sogabe
BeOS & Derivatives As announced on the Haiku website and reported by IsComputerOn.com, Eric Petit has announced the development of a VMWare graphics driver for Haiku. Based on Be's driver sample code and code inspired by the X.org driver, Eric's driver so far implements RECT_BLIT and cursor functions (the latter are disabled as they are still buggy). The driver is already working as can be confirmed from this screenshot. On his initial post to the Haiku mailing list, Eric is asking for feedback, and has made the sources available in this tarball for those brave souls who would like to test the drivers.
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RE[3]: Syllable advantage
by Vanders on Sun 14th Jan 2007 19:58 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Syllable advantage"
Vanders
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2005-07-06

You'd be surprised at how much of the codebase has been either written new, rewritten or changed from the original AtheOS code, so it's not really a case of familiarity. I'm pretty sure that after five years, anyone can be pretty familiar with any codebase. Our biggest problem is manpower; Arno & myself have to know almost the entire codebase, from top to bottom. That's a pretty tall order, I think you'll agree.

It's sort of how linux started. linus used the closed source minix as a foundation and made linux his own way so he is an expert.

You have the details wrong. Minix wasn't and is not closed source. Linus only used Minix as an early development platform.

Community is also important for an OS.

This however, is true, and probably explains why Haiku has more developers and more people interested in it. Haiku started with a ready-made community of BeOS users to build from. Syllable started with the much smaller AtheOS community.

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RE[4]: Syllable advantage
by arielb on Sun 14th Jan 2007 21:19 in reply to "RE[3]: Syllable advantage"
arielb Member since:
2006-11-15

my point is that there is a difference between tinkering and rearchitecting and if you did much of the latter then you must be in good shape. You can then change the direction of the OS. You know the answer to the why as well as the what.

Minix had source available for buying the book but if I'm not mistaken, you couldn't really change it (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linux). Linus came up with a monolithic kernel and that was a very different design than minix.

I think in the case of syllable it would help to have some sense of vision for the direction of the project. What problems are you trying to solve that nobody else is doing. What does "easy to use" mean to you.

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RE[5]: Syllable advantage
by Vanders on Sun 14th Jan 2007 22:19 in reply to "RE[4]: Syllable advantage"
Vanders Member since:
2005-07-06

Why do we want to change the direction of Syllable? We were quite happy with the direction that AtheOS was taking, which is why Syllable is a continuation of that. There is no need to re-architecture stuff that works, but we have certainly changed the parts that didn't.

As far as I am aware we answered the question "Why?" nearly five years ago. We've has a long term roadmap we've been following almost since the creation of Syllable. Perhaps we need to make people more aware of our roadmap, but it's not that we do not have one.

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