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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Comment by Darak
by Darak on Mon 10th May 2010 20:27 UTC
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I've been trying this alpha for a few hours. So far, I'm amazed: VESA performance in Haiku is impressive, and comparable to a fully accelerated desktop in any other OS. No native resolution available for me, though.

The OS itself doesn't look like an alpha at all. Everything is stable and there is a high degree of consistency between apps. The included ones surprised me: WebPositive looks like a fast and decent browser with only some major features lacking (I miss a Google search box, for example), and WonderBrush is an impressive painting app that goes way beyond the Paintbrush clone I expected.

Give me native resolution support and the ability to mount network shares, and it would be almost 100% usable for me as my primary desktop.

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