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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You are listing the basic pro and con arguments. The problem is I don't come the same conclusion as you.

For one thing, I think that being able to update one dependency for security reasons and fix all apps using that component is a killer feature.

Second, shared libraries don't only save diskspace and bandwidth, it also means that they are loaded only once in memory, which reduces application start up time and system memory usage.

Third is that my experience is completely opposite to yours. With the systems that do it right in your oppinion, I have experienced bad failures. Hunting down and installing software on both Windows and Mac OS has been a nightmare at times, while it has been *consistently* a no-brainer on my Ubuntu installs. As an example, try getting Subversion installed on Mac OS X or Windows and get it running over SSH in Eclipse. Hint: It is impossible without googling for snippets of error messages, wading through unanswered forum entries of fellow sufferers, until you finally find someone who tells you what config file to edit. And that is only an example. The other weekend I have had a lot of fun trying to install video encoding software on Windows 7 which will produce Theora, WebM and MP4 files suitable for HTML 5 video streaming: Hint I did not encode a single video on that weekend. All this stuff is a no-brainer on Ubuntu, the only reason I even attempted it in Windows 7 is because I have cut my videos with Sony Vegas and thought I could possible render directly from Vegas. Fat chance...

The bottom line is that installing software on Ubuntu is very, very user friendly, through package management and dependency resolution. The PPA universe is awesome, too. I don't care whether copying a package to another computer will do something useful, I rather care that my setups are mirrored, there are other, more elegant solutions, than to copy files around.

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