Donating is Ridiculously Easy

I’ve gotta hand it to the guys at Haiku, Inc. for making the donation process…well, no process at all!  I was so impressed that I made a little video to show how it’s done.  We’re talking under 60 seconds, start to finish.

Time to Get Off Our Wallets

The Haiku development team has done heroic work, both as volunteers and, occasionally, as paid programmers.  Under recent contracts, a huge amount has been accomplished.  Haiku is now a very viable, stable, wonderful desktop environment.

There are still some things to accomplish to meet the goal of a Beta release though, and  funds for contract work have been depleted.  There’s really a need to get a contract going again with someone who can devote serious time to finishing things up and getting us to Beta, so it’s time for us all to step up with donations:

http://www.haiku-os.org

http://www.haiku-inc.org/donations.html#online

I’m going to take out my wallet, and do as much as I can to help.

EDIT – 3/3/15:  Made the donation…hope you’ll join me!

Fair Harbor Radio is Back Up

Among the other plates we spin around here is our own non-commercial radio station, “Fair Harbor Radio” (successor to “BeOSRADIO,” which was spawned as a direct result of posts to the leBUZZ blog over 14 years ago).  Fair Harbor Radio broadcasts on a Haiku-based computer using the TuneTracker Radio Automation System.

The rebroadcasting service we’ve been using, and still love, called Abacast, made some changes which required us to also change what we were doing, and as a result we were down for awhile during the transition.  If you’re a listener, let me welcome you back, and if you have never “tuned in,” here’s a great opportunity to try it out:

http://www.thefairharbor.com

Geek alert:  The new Fair Harbor Radio stream is our first foray into “push streaming,” which allows us, for the first time, to supply our stream without concerns about whether our dynamic IP address will shift and cause listeners to temporarily lose our signal.  Now we push out rather than the rebroadcaster pulling from us, and the result should be a much more robust radio service.  Hope you enjoy what you hear.

Inviting the World to “Explore Haiku”

Have any of our readers been around long enough to remember the old “BuzzCD?”  It was a CD distribution of Be Operating System that came with a nice selection of programs to run on it, all carefully-chosen for their stability and usefulness/fun.  It was sold mainly on ebay.

Well…I wouldn’t say BuzzCD is back.  For one thing, it’s not a CD.  For another, it’s not BeOS.  But in the spirit of the BuzzCD, I’m happy to announce the arrival of “Discover Haiku,” a Haiku experience distributed on USB.

Build around a recent, proven-stable version of Haiku, the operating system is beautifully presented.  Users can boot straight to the flash drive, and if they like, also install to their hard drive.  Lots of really useful and fun programs are included, with no junk; strictly apps that run well and have real merit.   The good news is, there are a lot of them these days. Also included is a demo copy of the TuneTracker radio automation system, complete with a sample radio station, free music, time announcements, and free sound effects. And because the flash drive is created using a PM-era distribution, we can keep updating it with the latest-greatest versions of everything (unlike BuzzCD, which was a static product).

http://www.tunetrackersystems.com/discoverhaiku.html

I’d appreciate it if everybody would post and tweet this around.  It’s a way we can get  Haiku into a the hands of a lot of people who may not ever hear of it any other way.

A Real PLUS for the Haiku Community

How in the heck did I miss this one?  I just ran across an excellent Google+ site covering Haiku, and they’re doing a bang-up job of it.  Buzzer Richard Nyhus is keeping it maintained, and there’s a steady flow of new information coming from him and from his readers.  Called simply “Haiku OS,” it has over 462 people following it as of today.  I’m going to be following this site with keen interest.

https://plus.google.com/communities/116050756631351429142/op/join

I encourage everybody to join the party over there, and be sure to share the link around with friends, etc.

OpenJDK – A Shining Star That Needs Some Polish

I’ve been trying out a variety of Java apps that have been ported to Haiku, taking advantage of the OpenJDK capabilities that were added to the operating system in 2012.  There are many beautiful apps like Pixelitor that made their way across the great divide to Haiku at that time, but now there appears to be a new divide.  Two (or more) different versions of OpenJDK for Haiku are floating around.  Some apps work in one, some in another.  Some no longer seem to work in any that I’ve found. Here are some of the awesome apps that are presently “just out of reach” unless the user wants to twiddle with multiple versions of OpenJDK

https://www.haiku-os.org/community/forum/apps_i_use_haiku_openjdk

There’s a serious need for community attention on this, and I’m hoping leBUZZ can serve as a focal point for it.  Somehow, we need to bring all the Java ports under one roof…(HaikuDepot)…and get them all working under the one version of OpenJDK offerred officially there.  If we can get everybody on the same page, we can swing the door open on this thing, and let in all the good stuff.

I’m going to set up a bounty for this, and see if I can find someone who is willing to work on this.  If you are interested in helping get Java apps running under Haiku’s OpenJDK, please (dane) contact (@) me (bayland.net).

People in-the-know seem to think the task of making these already-ported apps compatible (runnable) using the OpenJDK from HaikuDepot is unlikely to take more than 15 or 20 minutes per app.  Apparently it is mainly going to involve preparing or editing “recipes.”  If we can pay someone $15 per app they get running, they could potentially make somewhere between $45 and $60 per hour working on it.

I’ll compile a list, and would encourage readers to post the ones they like and want most.  

The Apps Roll In For Haiku

With the arrival of Qupzilla (1.7.0 running under QT 4.8.6), Haiku users are suddenly finding a whole world of online web-based productivity tools available to them…turning what has primarily been a hobby OS into an increasingly-legitimate workstation platform.  It has allowed me to move much of my daily business work over to Haiku, including collaborations, text editing, word processing, and more.

Today, we begin a series of leBUZZ articles investigating really useful tools that are immediately available to Buzzers everywhere.  First stop on our tour: ZOHO.

ZOHO is an online resource that provides a very credible and complete set of office tools, including a word processor called ZOHO Writer, which has been described, I think accurately, as “among the best online word processors on the market.”

ZOHO Writer  has a lot going for it, including all the basic features you’d expect from a WYSIWYG style editor.

The site About Tech describes ZOHO Writer as “…an excellent online word processor…can easily replace Microsoft Word for many homes and small offices. And, because it is free to use, you cannot beat the price.

  • “Export documents to a wide variety of formats including Microsoft Word, PDF, Rich Text and HTML.
  • Publish documents to the web or to your blog
  • Full revision history including the ability to rollback to previous versions
  • Collaborate by sharing your document with friends or colleagues

One nice feature of this online word processor is that it allows you to publish your document straight to a blog, which makes it a handy tool for frequent bloggers. The publish utility supports Blogger, LiveJournal, WordPress and TypePad.”

Of course, all the features in the world are pretty worthless to Haiku users if the service doesn’t work well on this platform.  That’s the best part about it. It does.  Really well!

I created an account, logged in, and created the following document in just a couple minutes, with zero training or learning curve.  The doc is nothing fancy,just a quick one-off to show some of the features.

https://docs.zoho.com/writer/published.do?rid=zdpjx9b17ae1079174c17839a37e2faddaf95

I’d encourage everybody reading this to use the instructions in the previous article to download Qupzilla and try out ZOHO Writer.  Pop back here with your impressions.

EDIT (2/18/15) Apparently ZOHO has tightened its standards for supported web browsers.  It now reports Qupzilla’s engine as being inadequate, and only allows viewing, but not editing, of files.

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