Note that I am careful about announcing dates myself. It seems some people only get anything done in “oh crap the release is next week” mode, and set themselves dates they publicly anounce in an attempt to get things moving.
I always was against any fixed schedule and am working on fixing the issues one at a time. So, I can only announce “when it’s ready”. What I have been working on at the moment is setting up a set of recipes that can build a coherent repository. You would think that we already have this, because the repository is offline? But, in fact, not at all. Because some packages were in the repos for a long time, and it turns out they don’t build with gcc5, or with latest version of a lib which was since then updated, etc. I have been chasing these issues so we can do a full rebuild of the complete repo at any time, should that be needed.
There is some discussions at Haiku inc. to scale up our infrastructure a little. We are using our servers a little more since we started doing packages, because the Haiku project took some duties it didn’t before (namely, distribution of a lot of software from the “haikuports” repository). This needs more resources than we currently have (in particular, we would need a new public IP address for a new virtual machine on our main server). I hope we will have a positive decision there and the virtual machine set up. Meanwhile, other people are working on moving the main Haiku website to a new system, which would free up some resources on the same server currently used. These resources could then be recycled for the new virtual machine, instead.
So, there is lot of “behind the curtains” work happening. Nothing for exciting new features or look and feel, but things we need to handle sooner or later.