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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a decade too late
by TheGreatSudoku on Wed 22nd Jun 2011 19:59 UTC
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I was an avid R5 user back in day, I loved BeOS then, but...

Haiku is a project geared at re-creating an operating system that is now a decade out of date. And it shows painfully when trying to use the alphas.

Try getting Bezilla installed, and if you do get it installed, try using it for more than 5 minutes.

Try viewing youtube videos. If you can get them to load at all, it looks like a sloppy hack job.

NetPositive was a useless, featureless browser. Why is so much effort being put into creating its successor, WebPositive? Porting Firefox or Chrome would seem like a better use of resources.

Back in 2000 BeOS was MUCH more user friendly and easier to use and install than Linux. Much has changed in the past 11 years. Linux is now easier to use than BeOS, wireless and graphics drivers "just work" out of the box. Getting working versions of Mozilla and VLC in linux is a much easier task than in Haiku. Not to mention eye candy like compositing window managers, and themes for the window manager that linux has that Haiku lacks.

These alpha releases would have been great in 2001-2002 right after Be shut down. But a decade has gone by and Haiku really shows it's age by being so rooted in recreating an R5 experience. And linux just keeps getting more user friendly. Gone are the days of having to edit config text files to get the X server up and running. BeOS was great BEACUSE of it's innovation. I'd much rather see Haiku continue in that spirit of innovating than trying to recreate an OS that is clearly out of date.

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