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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XZ Compression
by UltraZelda64 on Mon 12th Nov 2012 23:16 UTC
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Too bad Haiku doesn't more prominently mention the XZ-compressed tarballs that are available. They're only about half the size of the Zip files, which themselves are compressed pretty well considering the images are about the size of a CD. That's some impressive compression. It would save them bandwidth and any potential users time downloading it.

It's going on 2013... just like FAT, I don't know why such an antique and inferior legacy format still dominates. Maybe it's about time Microsoft tries baking some better compression algorithms into Windows? Who knows when or if that will ever happen though... hell, it wasn't until the dud that was Windows ME that "compressed folder" (aka. Zip files by everyone else) functionality was introduced as an official part of the operating system anyway.

Unfortunately, it would probably end up being something brand new that they create themselves, proprietary, and guarded by patents... so now that I think of it, maybe Microsoft introducing a better compression algorithm into their operating system would not be such a good thing after all.

Edited 2012-11-12 23:26 UTC

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