Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 23rd Dec 2007 17:41 UTC, submitted by koki
BeOS & Derivatives "It looks like the Haiku Webkit port initiated by Ryan Leavengood has entered a productive second stage of development, and thanks to the recent work by one of the new project team members, Andrea 'xeD' Anzani, tangible progress has been made as shown by the recent screenshot showing the HaikuLauncher application rendering bebits.com. I was curious about his work, so I went directly to the source and asked a few questions to Andrea; here are his answers." On a related note, Haiku now has a new nightly build archive.
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RE: haiku dev seems pointless
by Pierpaolo on Sun 23rd Dec 2007 19:09 UTC in reply to "haiku dev seems pointless"
Pierpaolo
Member since:
2005-07-11

Are you really sure it's so easily portable? Don't misunderstand me, please, I don't intend to be offensive. I think that the portability of such a complex framework depends on the dependencies (sorry!) with the "external" software modules used by the code.
BeOS is such a different platform, it "lacks" some of the required packages or API functions (because it follows a different approach, being *completely* object oriented, with a different API). So the developers have to implement a lot of glue code (I think!) and this is the difficult part.

Thanks for all the time spent by those invaluable developers for the steady continuous improvement to Haiku.

Edited 2007-12-23 19:14

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StephenBeDoper Member since:
2005-07-06

There's a useful distinction that the Be Inc. engineers used to make regarding portability: there's a difference between software that is portable and software that has been ported.

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smitty Member since:
2005-10-13

Webkit is quite portable, for a browser. You can emphasize the first part of that sentence, or the last. Still, it's not exactly news that it's more difficult to port programs to Haiku, because the OS's API is fairly different from most others. That's really what makes Haiku interesting, though.

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