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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The horse is dead
by Bit_Rapist on Tue 4th Jan 2011 18:28 UTC
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X) No multi-user
X) No real existing application base
X) The OS is barely used on the desktop, let alone the fact that there this thing is not running on any mobile platform in any capacity
X) It has no server functionality
X) Its limited to the Desktop only currently

I could keep going and going but really what is the point.

Its a neat 'retro' experience and another open source OS for hackers to play with but that is really it.

I'd say OS/2 has a better chance of 'changing the world' than Haiku at this point and I don't see a snowballs chance in hell of that happening either!

Its time to move on, to let go and to find peace.
The horse is dead so please stop trying to ride it!

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