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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RE[2]: Wow...
by Valhalla on Fri 24th Oct 2008 06:41 UTC in reply to "RE: Wow..."
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umccullough wrote:
-"The kernel was forked from NewOS, which was already a very BeOS-like kernel to start with..."

Which was written by an ex-Beos engineer iirc.

umccullough wrote:
-"Still, it's an awesome effort ;) "

Hell YES, considering the meagre manpower they have at their disposal it's truly an amazing effort.

A public alpha would make a great xmas present indeed, I really hope they get the installation procedure as painless as possible together with a simple to burn livecd since I think most people are more or less expecting that nowadays. But perhaps most importantly I'm hoping developers will find it attractive, although I haven't programmed on Beos for many years, I have fond memories of the API and look forward to start programming using it again.

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