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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RE: a decade too late
by clasqm on Thu 23rd Jun 2011 08:16 UTC in reply to "a decade too late"
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Haiku is a hobbyist OS. You don't like the way it deals with YouTube? Get in there and fix it. You don't like the appearance? Join the dev team, submit patches, get your hands dirty.

Haiku is not right now an OS for end-users. It may be one day, but right now it is for people who enjoy dealing with this sort of thing. And that is why the haiku devs are writing their own browser: it is an opportunity to learn, to know what it is like to create something from nothing.

If all one wanted was an operating system with good compatibility, lots of applications and a nostalgic BeOS look, well, there's ZevenOS. But where's the adventure in that?

I also feel sometimes that progress on Haiku is agonisingly slow. But there are only so many people with expertise at this level who are interested in helping out and I fully agree with their decision way back to focus on creating a fully stable BeOS clone before doing anything else. It stops the project being split apart by internal politics before they have a solid product out the door.

Mind you, if you look closely there are a few areas where they have not copied BeOS slavishly - you won't find that long list of obsolete 14400 modems anywhere!

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