And now we’re ready to start picking the fruits of Qt being available on Haiku. We reported on the completion of the Qt port to Haiku on January 1, 2010, and now we already have KOffice running on the open source recreation of the BeOS. A modern office suite for Haiku!
In total, the TiltOS for Haiku project has ported over 150 packages to Haiku, all thanks to the Qt port: kchmviewer, kdeaccessibility, kdeadmin, kdebase, kdeedu, kdegames, kdegraphics, kdelibs, kdelibs-experimental, kdemultimedia, kdenetwork, kdepim, kdepimlibs, kdepim-runtime, kdesdk, kdetoys, kdeutils, kdevplatform, kdewebdev, kdiff3, koffice and many others. That’s quite the list.
For these packages to work, you need either the GCC4 or GCC2-hybrid Haiku build. You need to install the TiltOS for Haiku package, and then you can use the box utility to install packages using the command line. Most of the ported applications are relatively stable, but there’s no guarantee, of course.
More details, and screenshots, are available at the TiltOS website.
Wow, man Haiku-OS is getting a lot of traction – it is amazing how many of these are cropping up over the last couple of months. I wonder by the same time next year we’ll be discussing whether Haiku-OS will finally bring an open source operating system to the mainstream where others have failed
I’m sure there are lots of people who would have preferred OpenOffice.org to be ported but having used KOffice instead of OpenOffice.org when running FreeBSD – it is the right move to make. Although it isn’t as massively feature rich, for the vast majority of end users out there I am sure it will be more than adequate for what is required.
I hope that they aim for full POSIX and UNIX 2003 compliance so that porting to Haiku-OS will be easier – I remember years ago to port Mozilla to BeOS was a horrible job due to features lacking in BeOS – has that since been addressed or has Mozilla been changed so it is no longer dependent on that absent feature?
Once again, congratulations to the developers – keep up the hard work, hopefully by this time next year Haiku-OS will be a viable operating system to be run full time on a future laptop – with Intel wireless working and all