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Improvements since R1/Alpha1

Haiku R1 Alpha1 was released on September 14, 2009 as hrev33109 This page outlines some of the more notable changesets since then. Additions and corrections are encouraged.

  • Created a new file image type, 'anyboot', which allows a Haiku image to be burned as an ISO or written directly to USB
  • Enabled font hinting in freetype,
    • hrev33789
    • The patent for Freetype's TT_CONFIG_OPTION_BYTECODE_INTERPRETER expired some time before Oct. 27, 2009.
    • Note: subpixel rendering is disabled by default
  • Various vendor software has been updated, most notably bash from 2.x to 4.x
  • Locale kit merged to trunk, some applications and preflet already localized and translated to some languages
  • Creation of a Localization team for translating the User Guide and other documents.
  • Vastly improved USB mass storage performance through a better page mapping strategy
  • API/ABI Changes
    • BJoystick -- fixed a BeOS compatibility issue
    • GCC 4 ABI changes that require apps to be recompiled
    • Introduced library versioning
  • WiFi merged into trunk from external repo
    • Drivers and some associated firmware are included in default images
    • Non-distributable firmwares can be installed via
    • Encryption is not properly implemented
    • A temporary & experimental application setwep can allow WEP based encryption
  • SpicyKeys integrated as Shortcuts
  • Huge speedups -- specifically with compilation times.
  • Many lock contentions have been improved
  • Numerous code refactoring to kernel/VM subsystems
  • Compile times of Haiku from within Haiku have greatly been reduced
  • HDA on nvidia chipset improvements
  • The UDF file system module has been fixed and was added to the default images hrev35653
  • ACPI is now in a usable state, still disabled by default
  • Haiku GCC4 can now be compiled directly on a 64bit Linux distro. GCC2 still requires the use of linux32
  • DriveSetup will now install a basic bootloader when partitioning a disk. hrev33263
  • hrev36127 fixed a network bug that could result in web pages being partially loaded
  • PackageFS
    • initial commit hrev34172
    • basically working
    • for proper integration a UnionFS needs to be implemented, such that one can edit a file that has been inserted by a package (like config files).
    • thorough testing required
    • test packages need to be created
  • installoptionalpackage
    • rudimentary script to alleviate the lack of a proper package management solution via PackageFS
    • allows installation of some of Haiku's OptionalPackages
  • Various POSIX compliance fixes
  • Bug fixes galore
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