GSoC/GCI Archive
Google Code-in 2010 Haiku

Create Haiku User Guide page for PackageInstaller and MidiPlayer

completed by: Gerard S

mentors: humdinger

The Haiku User Guide describes the system and all the included applications and preferences.

The chapter on the package creator PackageInstaller is still missing. This task is to add that chapter showing all the relevant features, functions and settings together with meaningful screenshots. Style and detail should fit into the rest of the user guide, see especially the chapters about the other applications.


Documentation should be done using a current nightly image (r39567 is quite stable, when in doubt). As these don't contain the browser Web+ by default, you can install it manually by typing in a Terminal window "installoptionalpackage WebPositive".

You'll find links to the User Guide at ~/config/settings/WebPositive/LoaderPages/ that load pages directly from SVN if there's no guide installed on your hard disk.


The final page will be in HTML. If you're comfortable editing in very simple HTML you can do so and do the necessary formatting yourself. The alternative is providing your work as plain text file plus screenshots in PNG format. In any case, have a look at this style guide.


Applicants have to


  • have Haiku up and running and already had a look at the app to be described.
  • have a very good grasp of the English language.
  • have read a fair amount of the user guide and be able to mimic its style and detail.
  • be open to suggestions and the occasional rewrite of a section.



You'll need old BeOS PKG package files, e.g. Abalone, ABCMusicPackages, BlueCult, Convert



To actually get a sound out of the MidiPlayer, you'd have to install a soundfont. Easiest to open a Terminal and type "installoptionalpackage timgmsoundfont".