Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 12th Mar 2007 17:38 UTC, submitted by sogabe
BeOS & Derivatives Haiku has its first distribution, but it's not coming from the Haiku development team. Pingwinek has just released GNU/Haiku 0.1.0, what is claimed to be (probably?) the first distribution of the Haiku operating system, coming from Poland. According to the Pingwinek home page, GNU/Haiku consists of the base Haiku system plus 40 packages ported from the Pingwinek GNU/Linux distribution, and it includes the GCC 2.95.3 compiler, several simple games, SDL, Midnight Commander, and ncurses. GNU/Haiku can be run from a HDD, in QEMU and VMWare or as a Live CD. Screenshots are available, and the images can be download from this page.
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Come on people...
by mjmoran on Tue 13th Mar 2007 08:22 UTC
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I have never seen this board so hostile to a new project. I haven't ran the cd yet( im going to let ftp usage die down some), however, its stupid to kick the project in the teeth on day one.

I find it hypocritical for people to say that GNU/Haiku is theft of the Haiku name, or that it is dirtying Haiku. First, how long did Haiku use the name OpenBeOS? Im pretty sure BeOS was trademarked, and if my memory serves me properly, one reason they changed the name was to avoid trademark problems which could crop up in the future. Secondly, maybe this is a working name, it does fit, Haiku w/ some gnu userland utilities. And BeOS used bash and came with gnu tools. So adding more gnu userland tools doesn't really seem to be a problem.

Secondly, why are people against innovation? Has anyone considered the good that could come out of this project? I can think of several good things that can come out of this project. First, more developers. And thats always good. Secondly, this project, or any which uses the Haiku codebase and shows it to a wider audiance brings the potential to increase awareness of Haiku, and with that comes more apps.

The operating system is really tangental to actually getting work done. Sure some systems are more or less productive, but it really comes down to what apps can run on it. I don't see whats wrong with a full gnu userland w/ the Haiku kernel. I didn't see this complaining when people were strapping BeOS kits and api's to a linux system, ala Cosmoe or BlueEyedOS.

Basically, everyone needs to relax. The alternate OS crowd is small enough as it is, there is no reason for infighting. Anything with uses the code is good for everyone. It makes little sense to throw a fit at an OSS project that is just starting.

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