Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 23rd Oct 2008 19:58 UTC, submitted by FreeGamer
BeOS & Derivatives It seems like only yesterday when due to a combination of hubris, bad business decisions, and pressure from Apple and Microsoft, Be, Inc. went under, with its assets - including the BeOS - bought up by Palm, who now store it in a filing cabinet somewhere in the attic of the company's Sunnyvale headquarters. Right after Be went under, the OpenBeOS project was started; an effort to recreate the BeOS as open source under the MIT license. This turned out to be a difficult task, and many doubted the project would ever get anywhere. We're seven years down the road now, and the persistence is paying off: the first Haiku alpha is nearer than ever.
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Seems just like ysterday?
by erostratus on Thu 23rd Oct 2008 21:08 UTC
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I'm very excited that Haiku has reached an alpha state. I loved BeOS and am looking forward to the new release. But I'll say one thing -- it doesn't seem like only yesterday that Be went under.

I can still remember spending money on the "Save BeOS" campaign, right around the time Haiku was getting started. What was I doing? I was teaching middle school students. Since then, I worked for an airline, worked for Apple for three years, moved across the country, went to and graduated from law school, and have started a new career.

That, to me, has taken a long time, just as alpha status has taken a long time. But, as much as I love Apple (which is a whole lot), I have never had the emotional attachment to an operating system like I had to BeOS. It was computing heaven, and I hope it will live for years to come.

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