wiki:R1/ImprovementsSinceAlpha1

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Improvements since R1/Alpha1

Haiku R1 Alpha1 was released on September 14, 2009 as changeset:33109 This page outlines some of the more notable changesets since then. Additions and corrections are encouraged.

  • Enabled font hinting in freetype,
    • changeset:33789
    • 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
  • 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
    • As of hrev35515, drivers and if needed, associated firmware need to be added via UserBuildConfig
    • Encryption is not implemented

  • 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
  • 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. changeset:33263

  • changeset:33417 , changeset:33418 RemoteDesktop client

  • PackageFS
    • initial commit changeset:34172
    • basically working
    • for proper intergration 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

  • Bug fixes galore