Sorry for the long silence. I know it's seemed like Papyros is dead. I promised the v0.1 release months ago, and it's still not happened.
However, Papyros is not dead, and is still under active development (check out our GitHub profile if you want proof). Development is quite slow, though, as I (Michael Spencer) am the primary developer of the project and am also college student and have a day job as a software developer.
One of the big reasons for the long silence is a large update in QtCompositor/GreenIsland, the compositor framework that we use for the desktop shell. This has required that we do a massive update of the shell code, which you can find in https://github.com/papyros/protoshell
. That work is mostly done, and I'm just ironing out bugs which the code changes introduced. Hopefully that will get merged into the main code soon and I get can release an early alpha of a working desktop shell.
I'm also trying to work with the developer of Green Island to share more code between Papyros and his OS, Hawaii. There's a lot of common functionality between our projects in terms of backend code, so it would be great if we can share that in some way. As it is, some of the base code in the refactored version of Papyros is taken from Hawaii (though all the high-level code and UI/UX is entirely our own), as it was base functionality we needed and it was easier to reuse rather than work with the limited documentation in GreenIsland and QtCompositor. So a big shout out to +Pier Luigi Fiorini
for all the hard work he's done on.
Again, sorry everyone for the lack of updates. I'll try to be better at providing updates on what we're working on in Papyros.