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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What you find largely depends on what you're looking for. For example, while I was for years what some would consider a notable Haiku developer, I'm more into checking in patches and stuff now, *but* I actively develop programs for Haiku, like the IDE I've been working on called Paladin. There are other active community developers as well, but I'll be the first to admit that there aren't very many. The photo manager Album has seen a recent release, for example.

Some software has been around for a while but works quite well. BePodder is a great example. Quite a lot of available software is open source (some of it very well -written) that the original developer has moved on to greener pastures.

Right now, Haiku as an operating system just needs developers, both on the project itself and in the community developing applications. I've been writing a series of lessons for people who've wanted to learn to program, but never had the time or someone to teach them or whatever. I'm no genius, so if I could learn to write code using the BeOS (and now Haiku) API. why not someone else?

Anyone who wants to get hold of some good software should go over to Haikuware ( and download some stuff. There's lots of good stuff over there!

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