Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 1st Sep 2009 14:57 UTC, submitted by Alexander Bisogiannis
BeOS & Derivatives With the imminent release of the Haiku Alpha, Haiku-Files is now releasing ISO images for testing. Note that these are not the actual alpha release, but only daily builds of the branch which will eventually become the alpha! "With the upcoming release of Haiku R1Alpha1, we are providing candidate imagefiles. They are X86 GCC2 Hybrid images and provided as Raw HD, VMware, and ISO images. As per the R1Alpha1 specifications, they are built from the releases/r1alpha1 branch code and utilize the alpha-* build profile."
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by marcp on Wed 2nd Sep 2009 17:42 UTC
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I must say I'm VERY impressed with the progress Haiku made. Yesterday I tested it and it worked EXCELLENT both on my desktop and new netbook computer. Of course WiFi was not detected, but the FreeBSD-derrived framework is probobly not finished yet. Anyway - everything worked out of the box - multimedia [BeOS was a multimedia OS!], graphics, sound [the desktop sound was bit buggy - AC97 sound, although the netbook's Intel HD Audio worked as a charm], and even touchpad with the multitouch and scroll spaces! not mentioning improved network security, closed ports; sshd turned off by default. This is a milestone. I'm looking forward for the other improvements.

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