Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 5th Sep 2006 14:46 UTC, submitted by Beta
BeOS & Derivatives The HaikuPodcast.com team has made a video entitled "The Introduction to Haiku", in high quality divx or low-quality m4v, to honour Haiku's 5th birthday. Of course you could always install and experience it first hand, but if that's not an option, this video may come in handy.
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RE[2]: Add me to the minority
by Sabon on Tue 5th Sep 2006 23:41 UTC in reply to "RE: Add me to the minority"
Sabon
Member since:
2005-07-06

Well, the ability to play 16 movies at a time on the desktop without losing any frames. Awesome. This worked on a Intel 486 single processor computer. I was blown away the first time I saw that. And then I was shown that BeOS instantly changed audio from one movie to the other --instantly-- as soon as you clicked from one movie to another. Again, Windows can't do that with two movies side by side let alone 16 on screen at the same time.

Another? Ok. How about all the contents of files being searchable in moments (not seconds). The closest thing to this is Spotlight in Mac OS X but it just isn't the same (or nearly as fast).

Zero latency audio (from multiple inputs) was unique to BeOS back on 486s. Apple didn't catch up until GarageBand. Windows still doesn't do this. If you think Windows does this you just don't have a clue. We are talking ZERO latency with MULTIPLE instruments plugged into the computer. Windows still doesn't come close to doing this. That's why pros use Macs, among other reasons.

More? Everything in BeOS was fast. Screaming fast. Mach 6 fast when Windows was creeping along like a Model T Ford at 12 mph. That kind of fast and responsive. Windows is still incredibly slow feeling. Like Molasses in winter going uphill will speed-bumps slow.

Congratulation Haiku group. For some people it might not look like much but "we" know how much work this has taken. LOTS.

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umccullough Member since:
2006-01-26

I think you're mistaking "486s" with "Pentiums"...

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RE[4]: Add me to the minority
by sogabe on Wed 6th Sep 2006 03:20 in reply to "RE[2]: Add me to the minority"
sogabe Member since:
2006-04-27

> Well, the ability to play 16 movies at a time on the
> desktop without losing any frames. Awesome.

Which is of dubious usefulness. :-)

> Another? Ok. How about all the contents of files being searchable
> in moments (not seconds).

I think this is not true. The BeOS file system can query indexed attributes (and it is quite good at that), but it cannot search the actual content of files; two different things. I think Spotlight and Beagle can search file content.

> Zero latency audio (from multiple inputs) was unique to BeOS
> back on 486s. Apple didn't catch up until GarageBand.

So, Apple did catch up on this one, didn't it?

> More? Everything in BeOS was fast. Screaming fast.

Very true, and impressive indeed. But this alone will not make BeOS (or Haiku or ZETA) better in the eyes of computer users.

The areas that BeOS has fallen behind relative to other operating systems far outweigh the few edges that it may still hold. Haiku has a lot of catch up to do.

IMHO, of course. :-)

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jeanmarc Member since:
2005-07-06

Well, the ability to play 16 movies at a time
>Which is of dubious usefulness
It's really useful for Pr0n ;)

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RE[5]: Add me to the minority
by renox on Wed 6th Sep 2006 08:56 in reply to "RE[4]: Add me to the minority"
renox Member since:
2005-07-06

>> More? Everything in BeOS was fast. Screaming fast.
> Very true, and impressive indeed. But this alone will not make BeOS (or Haiku or ZETA) better in the eyes of computer users.

True, while I was impressed by BeOS speed or more precisely by the application responsiveness, I dumped it quite soon because it was lacking the applications I wanted.

Now if Haiku can keep BeOS responsiveness *and* has enough apps, then its responsiveness will be a huge advantage: when I dumped BeOS, it was (and is still) painful using Windows or Linux: so slow..

What I especially hope is that Haiku could have a tabbed browser which stay responsive: even Opera sometimes 'freeze' because one tab is working which is stupid: if one tab is doing heavy work or waiting only this tab should freeze, not the whole GUI..

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