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[5]: Please explain
by mmu_man on Tue 28th Oct 2008 00:37 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Please explain"
mmu_man
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The BeOS kernel has really poor performance compared to even old Linux. It just had better design in some places (that Linux still didn't pick up), and so has the upper layers. The overall multithreading gives the impression it's faster, while the kernel is much slower.
Some parts of the BeOS kernel had gross hacks that allowed it to take shortcuts but wouldn't scale to today hardware.
Haiku has already much better code quality overall because it received a lot more peer review than BeOS ever had.

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