Linked by Razvan T. Coloja on Mon 3rd Jan 2011 23:30 UTC
BeOS & Derivatives To understand what the BeOS and Haiku operating systems are, we first must remember that BeOS was developed with the multimedia user in mind. BeOS wanted to be what OS X has become today: an easy to use, attractive operating system. However, BeOS was a niche OS, destined for the media-hungry user. The percentage of audio and video applications available for Haiku is greater than the one in Linux, OS X or Windows, and the inner workings of the operating system were created in such a way, that the same multimedia passionate would find it easy to work with the user interface and files. Each application can interfere with other applications of its kind. A WAVE file selection can be dragged from a sound editor and onto the desktop, to create an audio file. Audio applications can interfere with each other via the Haiku Media Kit -- the corespondent of a Linux sound server. Applications like Cortex are a perfect example of how BeOS and Haiku deal with multimedia files: you can have more than one soundcard and use each one of those soundcards independently or separately. You can link one soundcard to the Audio Mixer, start a drum machine application and link that software to the Audio Mixer. If you want to output whatever you create with the audio application, all you have to do is drag the microphone and link it to the application's icon in Cortex.
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Haiku could change the world when ...
by clasqm on Tue 4th Jan 2011 09:08 UTC
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1. Somebody on the team gets a clue about marketing. The marketing mailing list has not seen a single post since ... January 2007 ( Booths at techie shows are great for a hobby OS. They are not going to change the world.

2. A wide variety of development tools becomes available and supported. Not everybody likes C++. Yab seems stuck at v1.5. Bethon is not being updated and the documentation for it is sadly deficient. And ... well, that's it, really. There are a lot of languages that you can use to write command-line utilities for Haiku. Yawn.

3. The old BeOS productivity apps get unearthed, licensed and UPDATED. Gobe Productive could still serve well, if it got translators for .odt and .docx, for example. Right now, you can use Haiku to ... play around with Haiku. Again, great for a hobby OS, but not world-changing.

4. Haiku users stop falling all over themselves every time a QT/KDE app gets ported. If I wanted to run those in a sentimental BeOS-like GUI, I would simply run ZevenOS. Native apps is where it's at.

And all of that, I am afraid, is going to take money. Wanted: eccentric millionaire with sentimental attachment to BeOS. Spacefaring experience not required but will be a recommendation.

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