Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 10th May 2010 10:03 UTC, submitted by robertson
BeOS & Derivatives Two news items about alternative operating system news in a row? What is this, Christmas? In any case, the Haiku project, the darling of OSNews (hey it's okay now), has released its second alpha release. This new stable development release contains some serious improvements over the first alpha.
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...what new software is available for Haiku?

Say you install the system, all hardware works--you have WiFi and everything else works just perfectly on your hardware--now what?

Has there been any active software development in BeOS or Haiku in the last few years or is everything still from back in the late 90's when the plug was pulled? I'm not trying to troll here, I honestly want to know! (Besides I'm still smarting from the beating I got from the Zeta days when I and others were predicting that saga would end in tears, something we were right about as it happens... so the last thing I want to do is inflame all the fanbois but the question must be asked.)

Can I get a feed reader? What about an MP3 player and or organizer? We all know the state of the web isn't all that great, hence the need for webpositive. I won't even ask about games!

What is there for Haiku that isn't poorly optimized code from ten years ago or a port from Linux or *BSD?

I really want to know, because I'm downloading the Alpha 2 now in hopes of running it on my eeepc 901 and want it to be useful on there. I know that with Alpha 1 everything seemed to work well enough except the WiFi, so I have hopes of dual booting--only what can Haiku do?


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