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[5]: Comment by rain
by zima on Tue 13th Nov 2012 22:11 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by rain"
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it's already a clean and lean little OS that is well suited for the task. Much more so than Linux in my opinion.

I don't know ...a variant of Linux is ready - it's actually shipping, and clearly good enough to be massively popular. I'd say that's being far better suited for the task than any hypothetical Haiku offshot. :p

But other than that the question would really be "how can we make this different?". I think that there's plenty of room for innovation in that market if you are up to it.

I think that question isn't ultimately that important, WRT market forces (yes, we can say "unfortunately isn't that important" - but we, those who even know about BeOS or Haiku, hardly matter here). If even Microsoft being the "3rd ecosystem" is not certain, there's much less hope for any smaller players...

I suspect the innovation might happen, from now on, mostly within the established ecosystems - roughly like it was with the PC: look what immense improvements were brought by its economies of scale, in the last 3 decades (meanwhile, all the more ~proprietary or niche platforms died out - even Macs are just PCs underneath, really).
BTW, overlooking that was a major error of Be, with how they self-exiled themselves into ~premium markets (and so x86 port of BeOS came too late, when win95 & 98 already took over)

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