Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 5th Aug 2009 19:35 UTC
BeOS & Derivatives The Haiku alpha release has always been a bit elusive. The project has been near the alpha release for a while now, but a number of difficult data-destructive bugs kept it at bay. After an informal coding sprint, the alpha is now just a decision away.
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RE: Comment by dvzt
by setec_astronomy on Thu 6th Aug 2009 10:55 UTC in reply to "Comment by dvzt"
setec_astronomy
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Even though I use Linux based systems pretty much exclusively, I disagree with your assessment. And, normally, I would let it rest with this disagreement, but I'm in the mood for a little rant, so please bear with me:

Let's say - just for the sake of the argument - that you run a small ( e.g. 0 to 10 employees, local customer base, etc. ) computer shop. If the shop is - in the long run - profitable and operating in a sustainable fashion (e.g. customer satisfaction is high, customer bonding is good due to your unique selling points/special expertise/reliability, etc. ), then it is usually considered to be run successfully.

I wonder how many folks show up at such shops and suggest that they do something wrong because not only are they too small to tackle Dell, they are even smaller than for example zareason or similar alternative vendors.

For non-profit organizations, the idea of equating success with a globally recognizably market share seems - at least to me - even more bizarre.

Back on topic: Haiku is a very ambitious project. They roll their own default file system, their own kernel and drivers, their own graphical environment, etc. . Their personal situation seems to be stable (e.g. long time commitment of the core devs, recruitment of fresh programmers seems to work, loyal testing and user base, etc. ) and they are open enough to avoid situations like those SkyOs recently run into.

Overall, Haiku seems to be successful and sustainable and now it should be "large" enough to handle the daily onslaught of problems that alternative operating systems face once they release their end-user versions
(e.g. bugs and feature requests, driver updates and so on).

Stopping working on something that the developers seem to enjoy and which is showing signs of success ranks among the more stupid things I can think of. And frankly, we (= the F/OSS community) *need* alternatives to Linux and the usual *nix centric stuff that runs on top of it, if for no other reason than to ensure that the interoperation between different (and in the case of Haiku: very different) user-lands and graphical environments works. We should encourage everything that leads to more portable and modular software. And frankly, we need input from players like Haiku, Syllable, even ReactOs or SkyOs in initiatives like freedesktop.org (at least once they have fixed their current problems).

I don't fancy a future where Linux does to other alternatives what the 90% market share of MS (and the dominance of IBM and their clones prior to that) did to our computing environment and our perception of "success" and "failure" in the field of software development.

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