Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 18th Aug 2006 20:31 UTC, submitted by Kian Duffy
BeOS & Derivatives Haiku, the open-source BeOS replacement project, turns five years old today. Founded in August 2001 as OpenBeOS with the intention of replacing BeOS due to the lack of action by the then-ailing Be, Haiku has seen five years of change in the BeOS market but continues to progress.
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RE[5]: "Open source" desktop
by axeld on Sat 19th Aug 2006 12:06 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: "Open source" desktop"
axeld
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2005-07-07

Just to set some things straight:
> Java: No. -->Actually, it can't be ported atm
> because of a number of lacking features. They're
> hoping to implement those for RC2. But yeah, no Java.

Java will run on R1. The port is on hold because of problems with BeOS, it has nothing to do with Haiku. In fact, Java (1.4.2) runs on BeOS R5 as well, it's just not stable in certain situations, and hasn't been released to the public yet because of that and a few other remaining issues (that would prevent it from getting Sun's blessing).

Also, while we follow the POSIX security model, you usually run everything as root. The API as-is will work fine in a multi-user environment, too, even though some (binary and source compatible) additions will be needed to make it work nice. Some apps may also need to be tweaked to run nicely (or, in some cases, at all), but if you follow the public existing API now and use it, you won't run into troubles.

Haiku R1 won't be a secure OS, but I'd be surprised if someone writes a virus for it :-)
Our first release is not really thought for a mass market, it's not a Windows killer or anything like that. And it probably won't fulfill some of the requirements you have today -- but this will certainly be addressed and changed in the future.
We have lots of plans with further releases, but we also need a clean and stable foundation we can build upon.

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