Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 22nd Aug 2013 21:00 UTC
BeOS & Derivatives

Although I have been a lazy blogger lately we haven't been lazy working on our remaining tasks at all. So, unsurprisingly, since my previous post we have reached and passed a few nice milestones. The latest one is that we're finally able to build the gcc2/gcc4 hybrid Haiku images again, including all the software needed for the official release.

While that in itself isn't a particularly impressive feat - after all we were already able to build the complete gcc 2 part before - the interesting aspect is how we are doing it.

Interesting progress for Haiku.

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by ferrels on Thu 22nd Aug 2013 23:04 UTC
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I think the focus should be on some usable applications such as an office productivity suite. I loaded the latest version of Haiku about a week ago and was pleasantly surprised that it supported all the hardware on my laptop. Then I went looking for some useful software, emphasis on the word "useful". There's a port of KOffice that is just a mess so I looked at Gobe Productive. The trial version from Haikuware looked promising but then I found out that Gobe has long since dropped sales or support of the package. My only recourse was to find a copy of Yellowtab Zeta, install it on a virtual system and then move the fully licensed copy of Gobe Productive from that virtual system to my real system running Haiku....what a PITA. But once I'd accomplished this I was quite pleased and had a working and useful system.

Haiku already has great hardware support and is quite stable. I haven't experienced a single problem with it since I installed it over a week ago. But until it gets some useful apps it's going to be a slow uphill battle for quite some time. Same can be said for AROS and OS4.

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