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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Michael Oliveira
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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?

I don't know, the hardware is yours. Burn it if you want ;)

Seriously, now is the hour to you play or help (it's an alpha, remember)

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?

Yes, after the alpha 01, and with Haiku gaining stability, the developers are slowly coming back. More OS stability = rock solid apps

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 never imagine that someone use news feeder these days, but you can take a look at BePodder
or Album

The MediaPlayer from Haiku do the task very well for MP3

I won't even ask about games!

Here comes to an area that have some progress lately
Heroes Of Might and Magic II
Jagged Alliance 2 - Stracciatella
to name a few...
Sadly, 3D games doesn't work yet (even win95 do)

What is there for Haiku that isn't poorly optimized code from ten years ago or a port from Linux or *BSD?
What "open source software" means to you? Now only because an app is open is because is a linux 'native'?
But I have something to show you
Seems very native for me, not? It's a best piece of Haiku functionality, a **f--kING AWESOME** app

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?

So give a try!

Edited 2010-05-10 17:29 UTC

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