Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 17th Apr 2007 22:12 UTC
BeOS & Derivatives Even more Haiku news today. Oliver Ruiz Dorantes, who will be monitoring GSoC student Salvatore Benedetto coming summer, has started work on what will become an office suite for Haiku. His blog already shows the first screenshots of the project. He is seeking for help on the project, so if you have the experience, feel free t help him out. Also, a new batch of icons has been added to Haiku.
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RE[9]: Why not
by lucky13 on Fri 20th Apr 2007 08:26 UTC in reply to "RE[8]: Why not"
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Valhalla:
no, it's not reinventing the wheel.

Yes, it is. From the Haiku "about" page:
Why Haiku?

As a tool, software is a means to an end, and not an end in itself. The Be Operating System introduced progressive concepts and technologies that we believe represent the ideal means to the end of desktop computing. Haiku will be the realization of those concepts and technologies in the form of an operating system that is open source and free.

http://haiku-os.org/about

Valhalla:
no future as in what context?

As in being relevant enough that it will ever "catch on" directly by attracting users of other OSes OR indirectly in offering a technology that can be used widely in other environments. The former is unlikely because most people generally won't adopt another OS for the sake of novelty -- and at this point, that's the only reason they would switch. People will switch if they feel a pressing need to: for security reasons (such as fatigue of dealing with malware), for performance reasons, for productivity reasons (ease of use, killer app), etc.

The latter is very unlikely for two reasons. First, whatever was worth imitating or emulating from BeOS has already been done (if anything, the reverse is far more likely now: Haiku has already benefited or will benefit more from other projects than it will inspire other projects). Second, there hasn't exactly been a rush of brainpower -- quantity or quality -- to Haiku development like there was when Linus posted his announcement.

Valhalla:
you make it as if Haiku must 'turn a profit'

Strawman. I never said anything about "profit," all my comments about Haiku have been targeted at the following benchmarks:
- user adoption
- application availability
- technological relevance

Valhalla:
personally, if I find something irrelevant I simply move on.

In that case, thanks for replying. :-)

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