As far as apps that need to be in Haiku I definitely support these:
VirtualBox, QEmu, some emulator… As I work on servers and use these a lot for local dev.
As a lot of others do too. Not to mention would help with Haiku’s dev too, to be able to test the OS in virtualbox or QEmu while running Haiku (not sure if this us currently doable).
Some form of code editor / IDE like codewarrior or visual studio. This would also Help push development of anything for Haiku forward a lot faster.
HTML5 capable browser (I’m sure this is already being dealt with, I’ve already read a ton of the various webkit porting comments)
Flash Support in the browser. I know you can already watch youtube videos but that’s only a start. This is a general acceptance issue on the flash part, and since adobe is pushing off their linux support to 3rd party developers maybe I can try to work something up to do the same for Haiku.
And whether anyone thinks it’s REALLY important or not I will guarantee you it is VITAL. Haiku NEEDS Hardware Video acceleration drivers and I already know this is an uphill battle, but this one point alone can completely change the OS acceptance and usability completely.
FreeBSD kind of ran around this one by building in a linux compatibility layer and just using their drivers, but it also helps that they are running X too. So that kind of makes it a lot easier for them to gain it since they were so far behind on this it wasn’t even funny.
But even on my comp, EVERYTHING runs fine, no crashing, issues, etc and I’m on a middle ground system. AMD Phenom II X6 @ 3.3 ghz, on an Asus M5A87 Motherboard with an NVidia GTX560 video card (now I wish I had an ATI Card but oh well I guess as I’m not spending another $400 on another card for now). On my screen (vesa drivers) the most annoying part for me is that it doesn’t take up the whole screen (but I can deal for now). I would also volunteer to work on the NVidia side by at least starting with the nouveau driver on linux and at least create a working middle ground for the Nvidia side, at least until we can get them to provide a binary driver. Is it just me or does anyone else see that as acceptable? We shouldn’t try to force manufacturer’s into providing an open source driver EVER as it’s really hard for them to do with the licensing they have to deal with to even create a driver for their own cards (i.e. licensing of techs they use for compression, video decoding, etc). If they would at least provide a binary driver that should be more than enough and that alone I’d be ecstatic with from either ATI or Nvidia. Hell, if either of them would do this I would go out and spend the money on a new card immediately.
I want to switch to Haiku 100%. I’ve always loved BeOS and haiku IS currently better than it was for most things, though there are some issues on the performance side for slower comps, but this can be solved in stages and isn’t that bad off.
The only problem I was having was no network drivers for the realtek on my board. Though when downloading the latest snapshot from the devel, I see that now there are some more bsd drivers involved (just guessing here), but either way now at least that’s working Very snazzy!
I can’t continue with windows 8, not for a full time workstation, I will Loose my freakin mind if I have to do that. So count me in on development help but as with all the devs here I only have so much time I can devote to doing so because I have to work and make money to live.
You guys have already done a great job getting it this far along, and I’m going to be checking out where I can start putting in on dev work on the OS itself because honestly the programs will follow especially when drivers and hardware starts becoming more supported.