Linked by bcavally on Mon 21st Dec 2009 17:18 UTC
BeOS & Derivatives Today there are many operating systems available. Every vendor or community round it tries to make it as good as possible. Having different goals, different legacy and different cultures, they succeed in it more or less. We (end users) end up with big selection of operating systems, but for us the operating systems are usually compromise of the features that we would like to have. So is there an operating system that would fit all the needs of the end user? Is is the BeOS clone Haiku?
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RE: Availability of Software
by Michael Oliveira on Mon 21st Dec 2009 20:14 UTC in reply to "Availability of Software"
Michael Oliveira
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Availability of Software was always an issue with BeOS, and will be for Haiku also. Yeah, the basics are there such as simple games, e-mail, internet browsing, and even an office suite (assuming it's still available from Purplus).

But when it comes to advanced or commercial-grade software (GIS/GPS/mapping, CAD/CAM, 3D games, photo and video editing, etc.), BeOS/Haiku is so far behind that playing catch-up at this point will be a significant hurdle.

Sure it may be possible to port open source software titles from Linux and Windows, but creating original Haiku-exclusive software would be a true victory.


Port open source software is a piece of cake in Haiku. All available POSIX functions are there (and much more to come). Have a nice compiler (GCC4.3), and a good multimedia capabilities.

For now, 3D games are on the way, because a major bug in SDL implementation (show the stuff on the screen), but compiles.

The big wall between Haiku and Linuxes and BSDs are sofwares that requires X, which will be pushed away as possible (the app_server implementations is light years away in feel snappy).

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