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Haiku OS Ported To 64-bit, Picks Up OpenJDK Support

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Published on 28 August 2012 10:36 AM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Free Software
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The Haiku operating system, the open-source BeOS-compatible platform, was successful in receiving a working x86_64 port this summer. Haiku 64-bit is working, but not all applications and drivers have yet been ported.

Alex Smith, a student developer involved with Google's Summer of Code, took up the challenge of porting the 32-bit Haiku to 64-bit. He was successful and got kernel and user-space components working in the x86_64 mode.

This morning he's written his final progress report concerning the GSoC project. "Since the three-quarter term report, I have continued porting userland servers and apps. The app server is fully functional, as are Deskbar and Tracker and a few other apps. I also cross-compiled all of the basic development optional packages (GCC/Binutils, autotools, make, etc.) for x86_64."

Haiku x86_64 is just like a normal Haiku desktop, but that many of the apps and drivers have yet to be ported -- most of the time the 'porting' process just comes down to fixing a few compilation fixes.

All that's left to do is just continuing the app/driver porting. The student developer is hoping that the 64-bit support will be merged to the main Haiku OS repository following their upcoming Alpha 4 release. At that point he's hoping others will help out too in continuing the 64-bit enablement.

Aside from the 64-bit Haiku OS, also worked on through the 2012 GSoC was a Haiku cpuidle driver, a successful port of OpenJDK to Haiku, and an NFSv4 client. All of this work seems to be a large success. The OpenJDK port seems to be in good standing and the cpuidle driver is dropping the power consumption of a Lenovo T420 laptop by about 2.5 Watts while running the BeOS-compatible OS.

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Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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