Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 14th Sep 2009 06:04 UTC
BeOS & Derivatives After eight years of hard work, the day has finally arrived. Today, September 14, the Haiku project has released its very first alpha release. With the goal of recreating one of the most beloved operating systems in history, the BeOS, they took on no small task, but it seems as if everything is finally starting to come together. Let's talk about the history of the BeOS, where Haiku comes from, and what the Alpha is like.
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Been a long time coming
by blitze on Mon 14th Sep 2009 12:54 UTC
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Typing this from a USB boot of Haiku Alpha. How many years has it been since BeOS 5.03 and the promise of something quite refreshing on the desktop?

I am now transported back to that time when I ran BeOS on a K6-2 with hardly any RAM and chomping the ass off any other OS that existed when it came to media usage and UI response under load.

Must explore the USB boot thing more as my Gigabyte MB would only boot if I came via the bootable CD. Trying to boot direct from USB was futile. Response is sluggish but that is probably the 1Gb USB stick I'm using. Still - ATI 4870 1Gb running the graphics and although native res is not on the menu - it's usable as is my Echo Gina3G audio and no issues with networking.

I'm almost inclined to give the OS a small partition to boot from on one of my hard drives but I do prefer the idea of keeping it USB orientated for now until a beta release or so. All I can say is congrats to the Haiku team for this milestone and may many more fall rapidly from here on out. I look forward to seeing Haiku team up with Reaper and provide me with a great Audio Work Station with Win VSTi compatability so I can utilise my x86/x64 VSTi's.


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