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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Making progresses, but...
by Neolander on Mon 10th May 2010 17:43 UTC
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Well, the team has made some progress since alpha 1, including some visible ones (faster boot, better look, less crashes in user apps). Haiku is on its way to becoming a full-featured modern desktop operating system. It provides good to excellent developer support, and it is technologically-wise very interesting (except that it seriously lacks some security features and package management).

But, right now, Haiku still lacks something. Some unique features, some "cool factor". Let's put it differently : right now, I've got a full linux system which works perfectly well, does not annoy me with popups, is packed with a lot of powerful free software, and globally satisfies my needs. Why should I, as an user, move to a new system that has a highly different UI (and is proud of it, so it's not going to change) and go through some learning pain ?

Even if Haiku would introduce support for every single linux software in the world, this issue would remain. For modern desktop Linux distros, the cool factor was something about performance and resource usage, package management, customization, powerful CLI, ease of software development, and all hardware working out of box. Now that I'm a full-time linux user, if someone wants to make me use a new OS, he has to introduce something more. Something unique, targeting users (not only devs), and which my current OS does not provide.

Edited 2010-05-10 17:44 UTC

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