Sunday, April 30, 2017

Soliloquy reverted, and launched

The plan was to get the Vintage image (Soliloquy) updated to the latest nightly version before releasing the final image... but it was clear this weekend that this plan wasn't going to work in time, so it is stuck with 50810 for now, which is a slightly older revision.

The good news is that by reverting back to the nightly used in the release candidate of Soliloquy, it can get changes solidified and more importantly, an image of Soliloquy uploaded and released, so at least get one half of R1 can be released today.

The raw image for Vintage should be available on the Downloads page for anyone brave enough to try it on in a VM or on real hardware. But please note -- this is not the full Poem experience. If you're looking for the full release, please wait for the second half of R1 (the Couplet edition) to launch once it's ready!

Download Soliloquy now

Couplet will be delayed (for now)...

Couplet was pushed really hard to try to make it to the end of April deadline, and back at the beginning of March, I honestly believed Couplet could emerge as a 1.0 release in the next 4-5 weeks.

Even earlier this week, I was still committed to releasing both editions on time. There's been a lot of missed deadlines and mistakes with Poem so far, and I'm tired of missing release dates, but that's only because I want to release a system I'd run on my own computer before distributing it to run on yours.

We are much farther than we were back at alpha 2, but it's clear to me Couplet needs a few more weeks to gestate, and I apologize for the disappointment in not getting Couplet to R1 on time. Please be assured Couplet really is in active development, and I still plan on getting it to R1 soon as I can, so please keep watching the blog.

Thanks for your patience.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Still working on it...

We're entering the final week of April, but Poem is still committed to a release before May... and that's in 5 days. Right now, changes from Soliloquy are being merged into a newer build, which is what has been slowing this month's release down. Also, Couplet is still being finalized.

Once everything is done, Poem will be ready for launch. For those following the project, thank you for your patience. ;-)

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Launching R1 soon...

After months of waiting, Release 1 is going to launch sometime this month. With that said, this release isn't going to be perfect; it's a young proof-of-concept, being more or less an initial jump to bring the project to life. R1 is only going to launch with one locale (English) and a set of basic apps... but hopefully should be a foundation for releases following and improving it.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Vintage image preview released (and updates)

The release candidate image for the Vintage image (Soliloquy) is now available for download. Soliloquy is an (unofficial) flavor of the Haiku OS that will run inside Vintage as a VM. However, it can also be run standalone, though this is not supported by the Poem project!

Upgraded to nightly branch

Soliloquy switches focus from its old goal of being a fork to a simple flavor of its parent for the upcoming Vintage tool, now based on nightly 50810. It uses the Haiku repository for applications, and uses the haiku package names, suffixed by soliloquy1.

Testing new look

This image experiments with a new look, with a purple-blue palette reminiscent of Dano and Mac OS 8-9. Tabs are also a faint shade of yellow, and radio buttons are flat and more modern. Buttons and scrollers now are glassy with sharp borders... but more importantly, they are larger and taller. The reasoning for this is that Vintage will be running inside Couplet, which may be used with tablets.

Known (and unknown) bugs

When using Terminal or extracting an archive, you may get a message about lifting locks; this is a known issue in this build. Soliloquy uses its own icon set, but a few icons from Haiku are still lurking in here. As this is based on a nightly snapshot of Haiku, there are other bugs which will inevitably be in this release. Unlike Couplet, Soliloquy will not be supported by Poem.

/!\ Only a minimal CD is available!

On the downloads page, only a minimal CD is available -- it does not include fonts, artwork, or help, and defaults to a standard serif font. They will be included in the official image, so please be patient. Also note that because this is a preview release, the final copy may deviate from this build.

What about the full release (Couplet)?

While it is taking a while as Poem is a small project, Couplet is still under construction. The schedule page has been renovated to better show where the project is now. What's currently stopping release is Deskette, Pointer, the default application set, and help. Once these are to the point they are usable, the meter should leap forward to 90% and the R1 release candidate will be uploaded.

Currently, the release window for Poem is set for Spring 2017. A more precise estimate will be posted once we're close enough to release. As always, for current progress, see the schedule or roadmap page.

Thanks for reading.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

A new year ahead...

Hopefully, everyone reading had a wonderful holiday season. With this being the start of 2017 and today marking the end of the first week of the new year, here is what is currently happening with the project...

One notable update is that Soliloquy has been rebuilt (shown here as a testing build; this doesn't reflect the final image!)

For those new to the project, Soliloquy is basically an unofficial flavor (or distribution) of the Haiku OS, whose primary purpose is to serve and run as a virtual machine inside Vintage (qemu/kvm) on the full Poem OS release (Couplet).

Moving forward from the original alpha 4 foundation means that the image will switch to packages. Though this change was not originally planned for Vintage, with BeBits totally gone, using repos and the Depot from Haiku is clearly the future for anyone who wants to use compatible titles or classic Be applications in Vintage. While there are still a few final tweaks to be made, this is an exciting announcement, as it represents one component that is nearly ready.

As for the other components of the Poem OS (Couplet), a lot of time and effort, such as noting the layout of several user interfaces on desktop and tablet form factors, have went into deciding how the final environment should look and feel. Several changes to various elements and its overall design are still being made now and will be announced here on the site blog before releasing an R1 Preview image later this spring. A release date for Poem OS still can't be given at this time; as the system gets closer to release, a realistic estimate can be posted. For now, please continue to check Schedule regularly for any progress.

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Changing course for R1

Alpha 2 may have been canceled earlier, but this doesn't mean plans to finish and get to R1 have stopped, either. After being stuck in alpha stage for months now, the project is making a sudden change to its roadmap to go for the first release directly, rather than following the traditional release path. While this new change probably means that R1 may be a rough first release, it will help bring the project back to life faster.

Unlike any earlier announcements, however, no release window or dates will be set for R1 until we reach a point where the release is close to being ready, in order to give a realistic estimate. However, you can check the progress (or how close R1 is to being built) at any time by clicking Schedule. R1 is most likely still months away at this point, but it should hopefully be worth the wait once it is ready for launch.

Thanks for reading... and looking forward to what's ahead!