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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There is still a misconception of what should truly be considered Haiku. Haiku is a new os based on concepts from BeOS. It is not intended as a complete recreation of BeOS. If it was, there would be all sorts of changes needed. One of the reasons they are currently patterning it on the current BeOS architecture is to have a solid base to follow.

Also, Haiku is not just about being an OS. The project involves a philosophy that one should not have to become an expert about the OS or its UI in order to use it. There was recent discussion about this and what the goals of R1 are supposed to be. Since it is only meant as a base, R1 is mainly intended for existing BeOS and alternative OS users. In effect, R1 will not embody the full Haiku philosophy.

As for GNU/Haiku, I've taken the time to try it. I had trouble running some of the applications and games and in general don't get the point of this distribution. It seems to be more intended as a "hey..look what I can do" distribution more than anything. It demonstrates why Haiku isn't ready for distribution yet. Imagine all the complaints about it not running on this or that hardware. More power to him when the complaints do come rolling in.

He states in the download section it is intended be used by developers. How smart is it to develop and compile code on a kernel that still needs work? The recommended method for serious development work is that it be done on BeOS/Zeta or even Linux and then tested on a seperated Haiku partition. If you are a developer you should be smart enough to know how to do this without a "livecd". If anything you would rather make sure you are testing on the latest version.

Edited 2007-03-15 02:21

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