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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Great usability improvements over BeOS 5
by KugelKurt on Tue 15th Sep 2009 01:44 UTC
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2005-07-06

I've installed Haiku within VirtualBox and even now write this comment with it.
I've already noticed a few usability improvements over BeOS 5:

- Windows snap to screen edges.

- Keymap pref pane improved: Alt and Ctrl can be switched there -- no more "Menus" pref pane.

- "Focus folows mouse" in mouse pref pane.

- Good font rendering (whoever bitches has never seen actual BeOS)


What I don't like:

- Media Player icon is supposed to look like popcorn, but resembles a "full trash" icon.

- PoorMan's original icon was way cooler.

- Icons are still not aligned to a proper grid, but their position depends on the file name length.


Well, that's what I could gather after a few minutes fiddling with it.

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