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BeOS & Derivatives Got some spare time and an itch to try out the latest Haiku snapshot? Karl writes in with an easy install method for anyone wanting to try Haiku, using a BeOS Max Live CD.
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It's about the mentality and ideals
by rain on Mon 22nd Aug 2005 00:54 UTC
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The BeOS desktop is sure starting to show its age compared to Gnome, KDE and OSX. However it's still a modern OS in so many ways.
Sure it has some very annoying issues and limitations, but the concept and overall design of BeOS is the best I've seen in a mainstream OS so far. It is so clean, simple and well thought out. Just by browsing around the system folders you can grasp pretty quickly what most things are doing there. It's much more logical to me than Windows and Linux in its structure.
Less is more, and everything just works as adviced.

I had to fiddle around for ages with different sound servers and settings to get audio on my linux desktop. And I still haven't been able to get any audio input. The applications either crashes or gives me errors.

In BeOS there's one mediaserver and as long as I have a driver it just works.

Since my BeOS partition refuse to boot nowdays (I haven't investigated it much though) I am using Ubuntu 95% of the time. And while I enjoy Gnome and many of the excellent applications available, I really feel that the system running behind it was never meant to be used by regular people.
With years of using linux I still haven't got a clue how some things work and relate to each other. Everything is just much more complex than it has to be really.
With BeOS, I had pretty much everything at my fingertips, even though it wasn't open-source.

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