It happens as media workers sometimes not journalists so they are not do the basic investigation carefully - so they accept any news as feature not under development but already available as they do not follow the forum about progress till the end or try to find the table about progress on platforms.
That table is available if someone wants to find but it must be saved if one find it or remember how to find it.
Also some of us also creates articles/posts about progress of developments and do not clarify maybe that is still not available publicly but as development and shared for the forum members how it is progressed.
Of course it is available who installed development environment or for those persons who try it out in virtual machine … but you may remember or read already those peoples who wanted to try out ARM(32)/ARM64 versions and just heard or read about Haiku on ARM, but had not take care about how the status is.
There would be a Blog-O-Sphere blog of developers about statuses of specific platforms but you may know what developers would ask about it from us :
– Do you want to read article about Haiku or rather we write a code to fix or enhance the Haiku itself ?
Generally it is right – as they do it in their spare time, but I think actually that is not intuitive or simply find - at least for first time - what platform supported.
For me the way I found this info earlier was that not over download page, so
“Get Haiku !” as of course you can read supported platforms
Supported platforms: x86, 32-bit and 64-bit
So nothing about other - now actually experimental platforms - I understand the logic behind.
So for other platforms, you must find
→ Nightly images tab
where you find the link to
→ Nightly images page
and there you find first the supported, booting x86 variants
and other platforms are at the bottom, just like small characters parts on the contracts.
I understand the logic behind, so it is foolproof in some way,
so only developers or really intersted peoples find the experimental images,
this way basically then much lesser disappointed prober/tester will be cryin’ out loudly : “-Haiku is crap on XY it is really does not run on it !..”
I understand they want to avoid it. But … and there is a but here from my point of view … why not here the summary table about the images of other platforms are capable of ?
It is called as “Haiku Port Status” you can find at
Home → Haiku Guides → Building Haiku → Haiku Port Status
From that everyone can see those others are experimental and developer knowledge/skills required to at leasst achieve to check it at all … I mean that summary table is available only if you read the development section of the docs.
Not even a link on Haiku downloads as other platform statuses
nor on this Nightly images page
the table itself or a link can be found about it.
I had not read what the press get about Haiku until now - but I do not wonder if a journalist or a blogger do not dive into developers’ docs to find it - so writes completely nonsense about Haiku in some point of view - just as happened in the Apple Insider article as where supported versions were both the ARM and even more – I can imagine purely from enthusiasm and not following checking all the brighting details from other sources and compare to the authentic and official Haiku page.
So once time – you have to know that this page or this matrix is existing - so curious people like me or a developer would find it, but not a newbie or a random people who would try out based on rumours about it on other forums/articles. I say rumours, as who hear about it sometimes get infos someone’s memories about an article or forum post and directly goes to download and try out. This way there is countless forum posts about supported/not supported HW/SW/platform , or first boot that does not boot :))
I know there are peoples who first ask without check / find something first itself, so not even the easiest way to find an info helps on it … they will ask about it, because their laziness, but isn’t it obvious if an info is widely available then there is a chance at least to much easier spreading among people?
Those status infos would not be the binary images itself, but the status about them, so they could be available even on the download page to make it clear :
however such experimental stuff exists – noone works on it,
or if someone works on it … it is not available for endusers, but only developers or skilled users.
This is my opinion - I may be wrong about it.