Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 12th Nov 2012 15:56 UTC
BeOS & Derivatives Can you believe they've come this far by now? Once known as OpenBeOS, Haiku today announced the release of the fourth alpha for Haiku R1. It seems like only yesterday when BeOS died and OpenBeOS rose form its ashes, generating a new hope among the legions of avid BeOS fans. Now, almost twelve years later, we've hit the fourth alpha.
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RE: In what sense...
by djohnston on Mon 12th Nov 2012 22:07 UTC in reply to "In what sense..."
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Beauty is more than skin deep. The UI is rather plain looking by today's standards. But, the UI is not the most compelling feature for using Haiku. To quote from Haiku's site,

"Those of us who have used BeOS/ZETA in the past know the goodness of how extended attributes are for certain file types. The approach of having emails messages and contact information in individual files with attributes makes your data very portable and accessible even at the file manager (Tracker) level. You can, for example, switch your email client, and still have access to all your emails and contacts, as the data remains always the same."

You can read the rest at http://www.haiku-os.org/blog/koki/2007-05-08/settings_beos_style.

Many of the OS's capabilities are due to the 64bit journaling filesystem, which is capable of automatically indexing data and cataloging metadata.

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