Hi,I'm an audio engineer. And I can put a computer together. I joined this list because of HAIKU coming from BSD. Wich is running on the Tascam SX-1. Haiku on such products would be awesome...
At this point I am intrigued by the multi touch phones and I-pad. I'm not sure other OS'es support this. If not I could see Haiku working on phones who would like to upgrade to get that functionality. To do so HAIKU should work to get a selection of drivers, working for GPRS, internet, touchscreens, bluetooth, wifi and GPS. So people can enjoy a full workout on selected phones.
These phone hacks could persuade people to buy full equipped roms for their phones.
I think upgrade ROM's for phones are the way to go and push HAIKU forward.Allso every Macintosh and Windows can now run virtualized invironments. If you sell USB sticks with HAIKU, people can experience HAIKU for the price of a USB stick and if booting from that stick is supported there are a lot of possibilities there for people to buy HAIKU. Like a dedicated mp3 player, invironment. To sort and select mp3's on quality and tags. Uhm... working on video. etc etc.
I do think when working as a software based company life will be harder then as a hardwarecompany. If you create a webserver with HAIKU to run on a router, I assume with a decent firewall and antivirus people could turn off their anti virus on their pc's and thus have more resources....
Lots of routers have USB. So HAIKU for USB harddisks could be a product too. So; 1: Phone-roms; target; consumer2: USB stick for HAIKU experience; target; USB manufacturer OR BIG MAIL OUT AND ORDER LIST And order a large quantity of USB pens and do em yourself 3: USB(3) disks for central storage with HAIKU with network facilities. People want a homenetwork with central mail and storage. WINDOWS HOMESERVER SUCKS. Apple servers are not being sold. This is still an open market with no true marketleaders with a strong product.
Viruses and malware are a big consumer concern. HAIKU between their pc and the internet could make a difference. HAIKU on a USB stick (the sale) and open source support & a team to back this up could mean profits.
If 10 people in 10 different countries would pay 100 euro (=1000 euro) a batch of USB sticks can be purchased. they will become the distributeur of their country. (I'm one). HAIKU developers build a website & develop the product. The 100 euro stays in the system with no profit paid to anyone. It is there to buy new stock and to let it grow. When the stock is 50.000 euro, payments can be made to HAIKU developers and distributers. 32 GB is a great as added memory to any router as central storage for mail.
Just some ideas. Enjoy, Frans Muziekschuur