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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BeOS and NeXT
by Sabon on Wed 16th Sep 2009 15:21 UTC
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There were very good reasons that Apple bought NeXT instead of Be. NeXT was a lot more mature than BeOS was. Plus there was Steve Jobs. No matter what you want to say, the maturity of NeXT and Steve Jobs were the difference makers.

This does not mean that BeOS didn't have a lot going for it. Maturity wasn't one of them though. I LOVED how I could run 16 different videos at the same time on the screen on a 486 and all of them would run without losing any frames. And you could click from one to the other and the sound would instantly switch from one video to another. That was fantastic!

I really hoped that BeOS would have time to mature so I could full realize what it could do along with, at the time, OS/2 (now eComStation), which was my favorite OS then. This is after Be Inc stopped making their own boxes and before the death spiral came into full effect when they got locked out of new Macs (new G3s and G4s).

At the time IBM kept saying, "OS/2 is dead" so I was trying to find another OS to switch to (all of you could easily understand why Windows wasn't considered as an option, not any version even yet). I bought licenses for BeProductive (office suite) and other Be programs. You can also understand how further pissed off I was at Microsoft for using their monopoly power to stop OEMs from being able to install BeOS on big name computers.

I was disappointed that the original develops of OpenBeOS/Haiku weren't mentioned in the article. Not to take anything away from the current leaders and developers of Haiku, Michael Phipps put his heart and soul into OpenBeOS/Haiku and it wouldn't exist without him. I don't know him personally, never met him, never communicated with him. Credit should be given to him though.

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