It was not. BeOS was only available in english, and maybe a hard-translated japanese version?
There were a few 3rd party localization systems available, and one eventually made it to Zeta.
The implementation in Haiku is derived from the one in OpenTracker, but with a lot of rework and extensions. It is largely my own design, with input from other devs, mainly Oliver Tappe who mentored my GSoC project on this.
The year following that GSoC project I was paid directly by Haiku to continue that work. At that time, I was a student, so I had pleinty of time for that in the summer, and could do it on a low pay because my parents would cover my living costs already. This is not possible for me anymore.
The point is, in most cases Haiku could not afford to pay developers for such big projects. We have enough money to hire students, or well known developers who accept to work at the same low rate ($12.5 per hour in most past contracts).
At the moment we focus on GSoC (because the money does not come from us anyways) and this summer we’re planning to try sponsoring at least 1 student through Outreachy, which seems focused on quality more than quantity of applicants. We’ll see how that goes. There may be other partnerships involved (I’m currently discussing with my employer to see if they’d want to sponsor Oureachy students), we’ll see how that goes.
Anyway, I’m not sure a bounty is going to help unless:
- You have someone interested in working on something
- Their current situation does not allow them to spare enough time
- They are ready to leave their current situation for it
- They have the required skills and we can trust them to get some results
In my case, starting to do paid work for Haiku again would mean leaving my paid job, which earns a lot more and has other benefits (funding travel to conferences, working with other people and learning from them, and the safety of a fixed pay every month). This means working full-time for Haiku at this point would be unreasonable. So 3 is a problem for me.
For GSoC students and outsiders in general, we have to worry about 4. In GSoC, if it turns out not to work we just fail the student and they don’t get paid. But would someone take the risk of working on something without being sure they get paid for it? I certainly wouldn’t. I would do such things only in my free time besides a real job, and I’m already spending that time working on Haiku anyway.
So, if someone fullfills these 4 requirements, they should voice up and we’ll see what we can do about it