Linked by Andrew Hudson on Mon 20th Jun 2011 17:19 UTC
BeOS & Derivatives Haiku Alpha 3 has been in development for more than 14 months. In that time more than 800 bugs have been identified and fixed, major sections have been updated, applications have been added and updated, and great progress has been made in supporting additional hardware. Here is a summary of updates, more details can be found here. Also inside, interviews with some core Haiku developers.
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Have you ever worked with systems that shipped all-in-one binary packages? Most users don't like it. They constantly ask "Why is Firefox over 90MB?" "Why does it take so long to download updates?" "What about my bandwidth caps?" "How come some packages haven't addressed security concern XYZ?"

Breaking software into shared libraries and using dependency resolution greatly reduces bandwidth and vastly improves security (one library can be updated instead of every packages on the system). Yes, there are some downsides.

Every so often some developer won't test changes properly and something will break, and it means users can't just drag-n-drop an application to a new machine and expect it to work. There is a trade-off. But demanding everyone move to all-in-one bundles ignores the fact that a lot of users don't want them. Even some who think they do change their minds once they see the problems that arise.

Generally speaking, not really. Just software developers seem to complain about it.Most of them are unix and linux zealots, so who cares.

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