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]: JOY!!!!!!!!!!!!
by stippi on Sun 26th Oct 2008 15:28 UTC in reply to "RE: JOY!!!!!!!!!!!!"
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It's very simple actually: We hope to gain momentum. If we manage to get at least some capable developers emotionally attached to Haiku, and then those people start coding apps for Haiku, then Haiku will already be a success to most of us, I guess.

It worked for Linux much in the same way. Most Linux apps exist because someone needed to scratch a personal itch. And then it gained momentum (Linux, the particular app, whatever).

Maybe Haiku makes it easier to become emotionally attached to than Linux does. I don't know. Time will tell.

We are not starting from nothing though, that's for sure. There will be quite a few capable applications available for Haiku at the time it will finally come out. So depending on what you do with a computer, you may be able to be immediately productive. It depends. In any case, to claim you couldn't do _anything_ with Haiku is just not true. And the apps are not nearly 10 years old, that's exaggerating quite a bit.

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