Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 10th Feb 2009 18:31 UTC
BeOS & Derivatives Back when it was becoming clear that the time of the BeOS had come and gone, enthusiasts immediately set up the OpenBeOS project, an attempt to recreate the Be operating system from scratch, using a MIT-like license. The project faced difficult odds, and numerous times progress seemed quite slow. Still, persistence pays off, and the first alpha release is drawing ever closer. We decided to take a look at where Haiku currently stands.
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From the screenshots, it looks like it is meant to compete with Windows 98 at best. Pitiful GUI compared to KDE, GNOME, XP, Vista, OS X.

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See, that's the problem - looks aren't everything.

To me, it looks simple and easy to use - unlike the modern UIs of Vista, KDE, GNOME, etc.

I'm that guy that puts my Windows machine back into "Classic" theme so I don't feel awash in eye candy that makes me want to vomit when using a recent OS.

And OSX doesn't even appeal to people like me - it just looks yucky. Linux can be made tolerable if necessary.

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