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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RE: Making progresses, but...
by bogomipz on Mon 10th May 2010 18:55 UTC in reply to "Making progresses, but..."
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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.

Unlike Linux, Haiku is designed from the ground up to be a desktop system. Everything from performance tradeoffs and how you install software to presenting a consistent user interface and a stable ABI (less need to compile from source and more friendly for commercial developers) is geared towards being a solid desktop operating system. THAT is what it brings to the table.

It also has some real niceties that you don't see elsewhere, such as its use of extended attributes, which in the BeOS days was referred to as "a database-like filesystem". Please note that although all major filesystems today support extended attributes, only the BeOS inspired systems really make use of them. The difference lies in the userland. You have to try Haiku and get under its skin to really see what this means. And this part will only become better once the index feeder is in place.

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