While the primary goal of Haiku’s R1 release is to essentially recreate R5, a portion of the project’s effort has always been devoted to planning for R2 and beyond. Another piece was added to the plan yesterday, as app_server coder extraordinaire darkwyrm posted the second revision of his proposal for the R2 Desktop (the announcement , and is the proposal itself).

The proposal mentions improvements that cover many aspects of Haiku, including visual appearance (as my rather glib title suggests), window management, file management, 3d acceleration, transparency, etc. It also follows the old Be Inc. philosophy that there’s nothing wrong with borrowing ideas from other operating systems, as long as you can implement them better. The proposal is currently in the “Request for Comments” stage – so if you have any feedback to offer, head over to darkwyrm’s blog and post a comment.

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