Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 9th Jan 2013 10:33 UTC, submitted by Straylight
BeOS & Derivatives Ars 'reviews' Haiku, and concludes that "at the end of the day, Haiku may not be much more than an interesting diversion, something to play with on a spare bit of hardware on a rainy afternoon just for a bit of fun. But even if it amounts to no more than that, Haiku is still worth checking out." The article is a bit scant on content, but it does give me the opportunity to link to my review of Haiku alpha 1 from 3 years ago. I try Haiku every now and then to see if that review needs an update, but it always amounts to 'it got a bit more stable' - which is fantastic, but not a reason to redo it.
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henderson101
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Have you actually *seen* the source code?

The entire font rendering subsystem was also another part that was licensed. I believe the Dano version might have moved to Freetype, or maybe that was just Yellowtab, but the original code was licensed.

The difference with Next and Openstep was that Jobs had a lot more clout than Gasse. Next also produced hardware for a longer period with actual user take-up, where as Be never really got past "developers and extreme geeks" before cancelling the BeBox. Next's OS was ported to SPARC, HP RISC, X86 and obviously ran on 68000 - plus was also running internally on PowerPC in some shape (as the next slew of Next workstations were to be PowerPC based.) There was also the Openstep standard (rather than OS), which cemented the API as being a "standard" amongst a number of vendors. I know we all love to believe Be Inc was robbed, and BeOS should have been the basis of MacOS X, but that is utter bunkum. It was miles behind Openstep (both in maturity and coverage of software) and Gasse severely overplayed his cards.

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