Linked by Kevin Miller on Thu 15th Oct 2009 22:16 UTC
BeOS & Derivatives Today marks an entire week of using Haiku as my primary operating system. This is my first PC to get the most out of any BeOS related operating system to date. My old 200MHz Toshiba ran R5 PE just fine but without any networking. My eMachine ran Zeta just fine, but once again, there were networking issues (and Zeta was pronounced dead around this time). In the age of the Internet, this pretty much forced me away from BeOS and its decendants until now.
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It isn't the Linux kernel that is the problem. It's the "Linux" userspace.

Developers aren't taking any care with RAM requirements. They hardly ever test with serious amounts of data (Nobody has 500,000 emails in their IMAP. That would be crazy!). They don't stop to think about performance issues with 4,200 RPM laptop drives (We will have our file picker seek all over the disk to read an icon for each file in the directory! Oh, we never tested that with 10,000 files...) And they never examine the disk seek behavior of their application on a cold cache start (Oh, Firefox can read every little xul and css and jar file one at a time to start up...Windows Vista will preload all that for us!)


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