Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 12th Feb 2008 07:18 UTC, submitted by umccullough
BeOS & Derivatives With many recent stability fixes and other improvements by Michael Lotz (mmlr) as well as others - he was able to finally nail down a couple last minor tweaks that allowed him to checkout the Haiku source from the SVN repository, compile a raw Haiku image, and test it in QEMU entirely from his Haiku install. This is the first time ever that Haiku has reportedly 'self-hosted', an unofficial important requirement for an alpha release. Please note that there are a few technicalities to be ironed out before the process can be easily reproduced by all. Update: Please note that Haiku won't be taking over the world just yet.
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It's more of a political and technical statement.

Those who used BeOS found it, at the time, to be much more advanced in design and construction than they did the older Mac OSes or Windows.

Unfortunately, since the maker of that OS went out of business, the aforementioned OS lines were mostly replaced with better-constructed OSes. But those who still felt that the newer OSes were lacking in comparison to what BeOS could've become decided to start on their own (open source) revival project, which has increasingly become a de-facto successor to the original, closed-source BeOS.

However, they had to create this successor using archaic tools (such as a much-older version of the GNU Toolchain) in order to maintain compatibility with the last closed-source version. Because of this, they have had to work on this for around the last 5 years, and many programmers have left the project over that time.

After getting to what is called "Alpha R1", these folks have intentions to make newer versions which will be FAR more up-to-date, hopefully in a way that will compete with the likes of today's desktop OSes.

But that would mean breaking compatibility with the older OS, which is probably a good thing in the long run. They don't know what the next version will look like, and there are many influences from other OSes (Linux, Mac OS X, Windows Vista), but they may retain a number of distinctive features that will sufficiently separate Haiku from the others.

If anything, this may benefit other desktop-oriented Free Software projects with new ideas.

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