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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RE[2]: The horse is dead
by Bit_Rapist on Tue 4th Jan 2011 19:53 UTC in reply to "RE: The horse is dead"
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When was the last time you actually USED this on your desktop box?

This morning actually, but I wasn't thinking 'home use' when I raised this complaint, but use within a business context.

Chicken/egg. Not Haiku's failing.

It may not be Haiku's failing but how is this OS going to 'change the world' when it brings nothing ground breaking to the table vs. what is already there?

At least with a heavily used existing application base it would have some existing value and it could be argued that a foundation exists which it worth extending.

Nor is Windows NT.

To a degree yes it is, MS is at least attempting to position Windows 7 as a tablet OS and is working to provide options for developers when it comes to moving applications to the Phone platform.

You also have Windows Embedded which may show up in various devices in the near future.

Not that I think MS is going to survive the mobile explosion or really take us anywhere in the future. They have proven that they don't 'get' where computing is going quite well at this point.

X) It has no server functionality


The world is moving to 'the cloud' (*yeah I hate the buzzword too*) and mobile computing.

Haiku has no server presence, it provides no application hosting abilities on the internet.

It has almost zero vendor support for any commercial software.

It is not running on any mobile devices.

This OS is going to change the world!??!?

Beyond a few 'cool' design ideas under the hood it has nothing going for it as a mainstream OS let alone a game changer!

That Netherlands bud you are toking sounds like it may change the world more than Haiku ever will! Ship me some of that sh*t!!!

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