One of the best things about Habari is that there is a committed group of people producing and supporting it.
I've personally seen users come into the support channel asking for help with things tangential to Habari's purpose, and walk away with hundreds of lines of custom code provided just to solve their problems. You don't see this frequently in open source.
Apart from that, the underlying design is much more advanced than similar projects. Even while it uses the latest PHP techniques, it strives to build a svelte, usable design. Maybe it's not as visually attractive as some other projects, but attractiveness is not the same as effectiveness.
And all of this is before it even hits a stable 1.0! It's a project that has a lot of promise, and I'm anxious to see where its future leads.
Habari is a step in the right direction. After many many bloated blogging systems, habari is a radical difference. It focuses on simplicity, ease of use and a well designed interface. With some more contributors, and users, it can very well become a popular blogging system
Habari is a great open-source project to contribute to if you want to give back to the community and have a sense of accomplishment. If you find a ticket you want to work on, simply create a patch, upload it and get someone from the community to review it. My patch was committed to the source control repository in under 24 hours!
The project also has a very active IRC channel with a community willing to listen, and a bot that is quite useful (leave a message for an offline user, get a link to a page for a specific topic, ...).
I would sooner stick a an angry rat up my ass than install any version of Habari on my server again. Every install I've worked (attached to three different sites over the years) has lead to a server compromise / hack. No, I didn't install the updates on day 1, but I'm not talking lagging years, either.
Never again. I would sooner pay $125 for Wordpress then install Habari again.
My site had to be open by today, but when I install the Habari sh** version ..., it looks like crap. If I don't get help, I will tell everyone I know what terrible software you have.