Linked by Eugenia Loli on Mon 14th Sep 2009 04:05 UTC, submitted by Coldfirex
BeOS & Derivatives The Haiku Project is proud to announce the availability of Haiku R1/Alpha 1, the first official development release of Haiku, an open source operating system that specifically targets personal computing. The purpose of this release is to make a stable development snapshot of Haiku available to a wider audience for more extensive testing and debugging.
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RE: A W E S O M E !
by UltraZelda64 on Mon 14th Sep 2009 04:56 UTC in reply to "A W E S O M E !"
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Alpha == More users?

Perhaps more users will equate to more help and faster development.

This is what I'm hoping happens. I hope that as Haiku reaches 1.0, it only continues to take off... not stagnate, like FreeDOS (which at the very least release an image with a major software version refresh).

I already had my ISO downloaded and was playing around with it before this news story even came up. I was seriously impressed by the Live CD's ability to detect that my monitor was 1680x1050, and it booted into it. However, my network was not detected or even set up at all, which is pretty disappointing considering I'm pretty sure it worked in a slightly-older pre-alpha build and this is not WiFi I'm talking about... I'm using a standard wired ethernet connection. Still no network even in a (VirtualBox) virtual machine on another computer.

That said, the Live CD can be a bit slow, but I figured that was due to testing/debug tools, lack of file optimization on the disc, and/or a "first-time setup" kind of thing. All forgiveable, especially at this point. It turns out to be my third guess, as the release notes mention this.

As it is though, I'm highly impressed. This was well worth waiting for.

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