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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drcouzelis
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2010-01-11

what new software is available for Haiku?

Haiku comes with a collection of software packages. They are either installed by default or you can install them with the "installoptionalpackage" command. You can read the list of optional software packages here:

http://git.newos.org/?p=haiku.git;a=blob;f=build/jam/OptionalPackag...

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!

Haiku comes with "Media Player". It has playlist support. It can play every audio format I know of and most video formats I've tried. Although it is a native Haiku application, I THINK it is based on ffmpeg, but I might be remembering incorrectly. I don't know about feed readers since I don't use them.

As for native applications that I use, WebPositive is a great web browser, Media Player I already mentioned, WonderBrush is great for graphics, the Terminal is very comfortable (BASH), there is a nice text editor, and there is the Pe editor for editing source code. The only program I really want that is missing is a native instant messenger program, but there is a very nice IRC program. As far as I have seen, there aren't any games worth mentioning, but I haven't been looking for any.

A lot of work has been put into porting open source software to Haiku. For example, many many Qt4 applications work on Haiku. I haven't been interested in using them, but if you're interested, you can find more information by searching for "TiltOS".

I'm not trying to troll here, I honestly want to know

I don't think you will upset anyone with your question. As far as I can tell, besides the Haiku developers, not many people have been writing native Haiku software. That makes sense to me, because there isn't really a "finished" operating system yet to program for.

Even so, I am an open source software developer myself, and have started working on some small Haiku projects simply because I find the API is SO AMAZINGLY BEAUTIFUL.

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