Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 27th Apr 2012 22:00 UTC, submitted by koki
BeOS & Derivatives "Ultimately, Haiku represents a different way of viewing your personal computer. If you think that software shouldn't be riddled with bugs and incompatibilities and inefficiencies, if you hate being forced to swap out your hardware and software every few years because 'upgrades' have rendered them obsolete, and if you find that the idea of using an operating system that's fast, responsive, and simple is refreshingly novel and appealing, then maybe, just maybe, Haiku is for you." What fascinates me the most is that Haiku's not working on a tablet version. How delightfully quaint.
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No fascination and wonder here...
by nefer on Sat 28th Apr 2012 23:27 UTC
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On Haiku's speed : Haiku is basically a rewrite of BeOS, which is an operating system conceived in the early nineties. Install any other OS of that era on modern hardware, such as Windows NT or OS/2, and it will fly too.

On Haiku's stability : The notion that Haiku is bugless its simply laughable. Anyone saying its not riddled with bugs obviously hasn't used it. The software is still in alpha stage, which means things can and will break most of the time. Try to do anything noteworthy in Haiku and the system poops itself and/or trashes its own install.

On Haiku not working on a tablet version : You can attribute this one to Jean-Louis gassee since Be never had a tablet version either. Its not in the projects scope. And rightfully so, since they better spend their time in getting their first beta out of the door.

Are we on the brink of the dawn of Haiku? I'd hate to burst the bubble here, but, we aren't. Haiku stems from an era of personal desktop machines with local storage and is thus twenty years late in the market. It has some value to certain people (mostly former Be enthousiasts) but the slow development pace in the open source space is a writing on the wall : If a project takes more than a decade to produce even a beta, there probably isn't much interest in it from the developer community and, perhaps, its existence doesn't really have much potential of being game changing. After all, you're a computer enthousiast, why bother with Haiku when you have platforms with vast application ecosystems like Windows, Linux and Mac?

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