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Here, you can find releases that have been retired, deprecated, and are no longer supported by their author(s). Poem has been split into two projects as noted on the Blog page, and no new builds will be posted here!

Please note: Soliloquy builds are based on Haiku, but Soliloquy is not the official distribution from the Haiku Project. For information about the official Haiku project, please visit Soliloquy is not associated with the Haiku project.

Caution: The builds listed below are outdated, unfinished, and unsupported. If you do choose to evaluate a build, it might be a good idea to use a VM client like qemu, VirtualBox, or VMware instead of real hardware.

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Soliloquy 'R1' (April 2017)

Vintage image (R1 Soliloquy)

This was the final and last version of Soliloquy, an unofficial flavor of the Haiku OS Nightly h50810. It was meant to run inside Vintage (qemu) on Couplet. Because it is a derivative of the Haiku OS, it can also be run standalone as well. These two builds (image and CD) were rushed to R1, but weren't properly finished or tested, making them unstable. One known bug is that net_server will quit.

Download for x86 (qemu/raw disk image)

Vintage image (Minimal)

The minimal edition is a legacy boot CD meant to boot legacy PCs only; most users should download the image instead. No fonts, backgrounds, etc. are on this disc! If you are sure you need this, then write a flash drive with the full image and burn the CD. Then boot from the CD and install Soliloquy from the flash drive.

Download for x86 (minimal CD image)

Source for this build is available here.

Soliloquy preview (February 2017)
(Shown as: Edition (build, size, architecture, locale)

This version of Soliloquy is unique, because it was an overhaul from alpha1. This build had upgraded to Nightly h50810 and to the Haiku Depot package manager. Here are links to download the disc and a copy of the source from Dropbox.

Soliloquy alpha 1 (December 2015)
(Shown as: Edition (build, size, architecture, locale)

Soliloquy/"Classic" (alpha1/b38, 300MB, x86, multi)
Soliloquy was built to provide a classic VM session on Couplet for running classic applications. However, because it is a distribution built from Haiku OS Alpha 4.1, it can be booted and installed separately... if the user wants to do so.

Download Soliloquy alpha1 (standalone)

Soliloquy alpha1 (source)
Download a copy of the source for this edition at this link: Soliloquy build38 on Dropbox

Deprecated link: Soliloquy build38 on Codeplex

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Couplet alpha 1 (December 2015)

Couplet alpha1 (alpha1/b10, 1.2 GB, x64, en-us)
Couplet alpha1 is a very early 64-bit preview with the Throwback UI and several other features, built using Debian Live 8. It is largely unfinished; simply put, several apps and preflets do not work. It was meant as a sneak peek, and wasn't completely ready. This is for evaluation or historical reasons only, and is not meant for any real use.

Download Couplet alpha1

Couplet was built on Debian Live 8; for Debian source, you could start by visiting this page, then download the standard source package. However, other packages, like chromium-browser, dwb, espeak, surf, mplayer, fluxbox, feh, xcalib, and several dependencies were added to the image. To get source for any of these packages, open Terminal, and do sudo -s followed by apt-get update and apt-get source for the package you want to download as well.

For Poem-specific source (or the UI), you'll need to download the Couplet ISO. Then, either open or expand the optical image. As root, use unsquashfs to unpack filesystem.squashfs. Once inside, you'll be able to navigate the /Apps and /System folders the UI uses as shell scripts.

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Before the project reset

Poem originally was started as a Haiku fork, and failed miserably at it, mainly because it wasn't fully ready. The dp release and original 1.0 release image were so bad, they were completely removed and are not available to download.

However, there are a few screenshots below and you can also download the original release wallpaper.

At the very start, Poem was internally nicknamed 'Newleaf'. At this stage, only a few icons (like the network applet icon) had been changed, and nothing had been released yet. The menu icon was blank, the cursor had a bug where it didn't render properly, and for the most part, it was close to vanilla Haiku.

Later on, builds featured a black or 'midnight' theme, and several interface elements were being toyed with, including gradients and icons. Note the lines under app tiles in the Deskbar; this visual tweak never made it beyond this build. Various experimentation in this build led to several bugs, including clipped off buttons (as shown in the dialog). Because it was so unstable, this internal build was never released. Here, you can see the pale blue tabs, which were dropped in DP1.

The dp1 release was the first to be released to the Poem website. It still retained a midnight theme (albeit somewhat lighter), and an 'arctic dawn' wallpaper. Notice that there is no menu icon in this build; also note the 'transparent aluminum' hard disk icon and trash can.

And finally, one unique trait of dp1 was a mock-up of a planned 'web shell'. It simply was a link between two pages showing different graphics. This idea never was developed for Poem, and was scrapped in later builds... although a 'lock screen' was released in the old '1.0' and Couplet alpha1 inherited this idea.

It's worth noting the changes worth keeping or saving from the original 1.0 were merged into Soliloquy alpha1. The other cruft from it was thrown out when this happened, such as: an aged Firefox build (shown in the example above), basic (but rather useless) help, a default pale blue color scheme, a pale blue wallpaper with a gradient flare, makeshift lock screen (mentioned above), makeshift update page, and a few other scrapped changes.

To get an idea what the 'final' colors looked like for 1.0, the blue Preferences tab in the background should give you a good idea from this dp1 screenshot. The blue tabs also make an appearance in the earlier builds shown above.

And it wasn't just the code that was buggy. Most icons were made two dimensional (such as the folders) and yet others kept a perspective view. There weren't any rules, and were drawn with Icon-o-Matic in a matter of weeks. Some icons had jagged lines, bad edges, and several other problems. Soliloquy alpha1 addressed most of the defects.

And finally, we reach the end of this page. For the curious, you can download the original wallpaper for the first "1.0" here: