Just like the real estate saying “location location location”, I’m starting to wonder why if anyone really understands me when I say to them “platform platform platform”?
What I mean by this is really simple: Use a PC that is attractive, futuristic, well priced, and most importantly - well spec’ed for a solid base to build upon and speed up acceptance.
Here are just 2 examples of where I am personally going to use Haiku:
HP ENVY Recline 27 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9WM5BacJvg
LG Anllinone V960 Ultrawide http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m0Y8q_9oYw4
I don’t want to use Haiku on old hardware that sucks, I am going to use it on new hardware that is going to blow my visitors minds when they see it and use it.
I can already hear people stabbing at the keyboard, replying to me that “this isn’t where or what Haiku is all about”, but honestly - why not? Let go of your nostalgia and ideals of using it on any old hardware… it’s time to move on!
Targeting Haiku to a more specific hardware set will increase the “known known” ratio by a factor of 10 at least. Then new, young, full of piss and vinegar developers can jump in and write some code for touch and full GPU acceleration - Or whatever.
Laying a road map is more than just API planning, it’s looking a the big picture and trying to get the herd to move in that direction as easily as possible.
PCs of the past were very personal things - but now, I want “appliance PCs” all over my house. I don’t want logins, I don’t want OS X, I don’t want iOS, I don’t want Android, I don’t want Win8… I don’t want anything that “Phones Home”.
Haiku, this is a HUGE opportunity. You could lead the way - by leading! So? Lead.
Choose a cool desktop and cool tabtop and then Lead the frigin way home down your roadmap to R1!