Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 13th Dec 2017 23:54 UTC
BeOS & Derivatives

I've now turned my attention to preparation for beta1. Already talk has resumed on the mailing list of a tentative schedule; there still remains too much to do to expect it before the new year, but with the list of blockers now reduced effectively to two (one relating to installing source packages on the actual release image, which I intend to look into solving soon; the other is about clashing mime supertype declaration and may prove trickier to solve), the actual "release branch" is hopefully not more than a month away.

I've already begun drafting release notes and making build system cleanups as part of preparation. There is finally light at the end of the tunnel - don't give up hope yet. :)

I'm just putting it out there that if all goes according to plan, I'll be spending lots of time in a nice Haiku virtual machine over the coming weeks to get a really good look at the state of the continuation of the best operating system ever made.

It's time.

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RE[2]: Go Native Thom!
by The123king on Thu 14th Dec 2017 12:21 UTC in reply to "RE: Go Native Thom!"
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The VESA driver is very good for what it is. Sound support is pretty extensive, due to the OSS driver wrapper. Network hardware is well supported, due to the FreeBSD networking API wrapper (required for wireless drivers and their binary blobs). It's USB drivers are solid, and i myself have had no problem running Haiku natively on any hardware i've tried. I even had it booting natively on a 2011 MBP, and the only hardware not working was the wireless and bluetooth. Wired worked perfectly.

With Haiku, the true authentic experience is on real hardware. VM's provide a much more limited view of the OS, and don't allow you to truly experience how impressive Haiku actually is. If it had better application support, i'd switch from macOS in a heartbeat.

And of course, if you find hardware that's not supported, report it! Hardware support can only be improved by knowing what works and what doesn't!

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