[haiku-development] Re: Discussing GSoC 2015 Ideas

  • From: "Chase Rayfield" <dmarc-noreply@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> (Redacted sender "cusbrar2@xxxxxxxxx" for DMARC)
  • To: "haiku-development@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <haiku-development@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 00:52:24 +0000 (UTC)

I looked at Minecraft awhile back... the main thing missing is ljwgl and maybe 
a few other libraries... probably more now since its gotten a bit more bloated 
than it used to be but all in all it is mainly libraries at this point. 

     On Sunday, January 25, 2015 5:09 PM, Augustin Cavalier 
<waddlesplash@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

 On Sun, Jan 25, 2015 at 4:44 PM, Andrew Hudson <dmarc-noreply@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> 

I think Haiku 64-bit apps are absolutely perfect for GSOC and there are several 
ways to approach them. Each applicant accepted could start with a porting basic 
app, there are a number that Scott has listed in Haiku Ports. The student could 
start with one app, get it ported to Haiku B1, build a recipe, get it on 
HaikuDepot, do the same for Haiku 64-bit. And then start their project as a 
whole. Some students might just want to work on ports all summer. If they 
ported one or two apps a week, that would be amazing, and also excellent GSOC 
experience. Can you imagine the benefit to the Haiku community as a whole? 
That's a huge benefit to the Haiku community as a whole. 

As I said before, this is not hard at all, and does not consume much time. As a 
"community bonding" task yes, as a real project no.
Regarding Blender - I don't think it only does what you think it only does. 
Yes, it has a hardware acceleration part to it, but with multiple, modern CPU's 
it could render simple scenes in real time, complex scenes in near real time. 
What Blender for Haiku could use is a Haiku-specific viewing layer that would 
render directly to the display buffer in a video card.

BGLView can be used in a BDirectWindow, yes. However, no, simple scenes would 
be stuck probably at 30fps, with complex scenes dropping to <1fps. My brother 
uses Blender extensively on Windows with a mid-line graphics card, and 
sometimes it'll drop below 30fps. In animation (~50% of Blender users), 
anything less than 30fps is no good as you can't accurately judge what the 
rendered version will look like.
POV RAY is a very sophisticated rendering environment. POV RAY could also have 
a Haiku-specific viewing layer for real time viewing. It would also be totally 
amazing to have a modeling environment ported and optimized for Haiku. And 
again, some Haiku-specific content for rendering. This would be a totally 
awesome GSOC project. 

A GUI for POV-RAY? There are already Qt ones, but I don't think POV-RAY is so 
important to have a native GUI. At least not as important as a Blender port 
would be.
Handbrake - as was mentioned previously, it can and should be ported to Haiku. 
If it is not a huge project we add some additional tasks. Such as optimize some 
of the codecs, do some benchmarking, add a Haiku-specific viewing layer, port 
it to Haiku 64-bit, build a recipe, add to HaikuDepot.

"Haiku-specific viewing layer"? You keep using that phrase. I do not think it 
means what you think it means.
Regarding Minecraft. Minecraft is written in Java, and uses the Lightweight 
Java Games Library 3. This is open source. Minecraft runs on Ubuntu without 
anyother libraries. If it does require a proprietary library, and I'm not 
convinced it does, there's nothing stopping us from requesting a port of any 
proprietary libraries. I am happy to assist with this.

Well, I can look at porting it. I can't imagine it's a GSOC project's worth of 
Regarding Whisper BeNet. The GSOC project would focus on 1) getting the 
existing code ported to Haiku.

Already works. It took me all of 15 minutes to get it working.
2) adapting it to a better client/server model

Why? How?
3) updating the codecs formodern broadband, testing over different networking 
conditions. This is be a totally awesome GSOC project, and would be a super 
nova on someone's resume. Pure GSOC gold.

And who would mentor this? Who is around that has a lot of knowledge of the 
Regarding IPv6. IPv6 is so much more than just a kernel module. I would 
recommend that you take a college level networking class before weighing in on 
this topic. 

I know what IPv6 is, thank you very much.
Here is a link to some apps that could be ported and/or tested as part of 
Haiku's IPv6 adoption and compatibility: 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_IPv6_application_supportThis could 
easily be a graduate level project. Again, this would be incredible on 
someone's resume and would a huge benefit to the Haiku community.

Not really. As mentioned in Adrien's progress reports, IPv6 is really just 
missing proper DNS resolution, which he's working on. Other than that, it's 
already complete.



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