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[2]: Making progresses, but...
by Neolander on Mon 10th May 2010 19:07 UTC in reply to "RE: Making progresses, but..."
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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.

That's a fair design goal, but what about the resulting decisions ? I'll answer the following post which goes into more detail about those.

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.

Is this used in order to improve search ? What do I use this feature for ? Which kind of task does it help ?... See where I'm going ? ^^

Edited 2010-05-10 19:08 UTC

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