Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 2nd Sep 2007 18:43 UTC
BeOS & Derivatives Two interesting bits of news from the Haiku front. First, Haiku now has basic support for FireWire, thanks to GSOC student JiSheng Zhang. You cannot connect a FireWire hard drive just yet, though. Second, Russian BeOS hacker Troeglazov Gerasim has ported Samba 3.10 to Haiku, so you can now browse your Windows shares in Haiku, as well as share files through Samba in Haiku. IsComputerOn has the details, as well as some screenshots.
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RE[2]: Haiku under heavy load
by koki on Mon 3rd Sep 2007 18:12 UTC in reply to "RE: Haiku under heavy load"
koki
Member since:
2005-10-17

I wonder if you can do the same using "just about any other OS without batting an eye lid" on the same hardware. I could not.

When I tried Ubuntu Studio (which uses a low latency Linux kernel) on the same hardware that I ran that Haiku demo on the video, by the third instance of the video the mouse became jumpy and the sound started stuttering, and by the fourth instance the mouse stopped responding and would not even move, the sound and video came to a halt, the hard disk started churning like crazy, and all I could, short of doing a hard reset, was try to force a log off by restarting X, which did work but took several minutes.

I also use Windows XP regularly (on a different machine with double the amount of RAM), and I find myself having to wait for the system or an app to respond even the OS is not under heavy load. I will not talk about Vista, which I tried and uninstalled immediately as it was slow as molasses even with no apps running.

The point is that Haiku (like BeOS was in its days) aims and is designed to be more responsive than other OSes on the same (low-end) hardware. Of course, you don't have to take my word for it. ;)

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Earl Colby pottinger Member since:
2005-07-06

It's not just video. It seems any number of programs can slow Windows down while do some basic house-keeping.

My girlfriend uses Plan3D a house design program, from the time you double click on the icon to the time you can start using the program is over a minute, with no dialog boxes on display during that program boot-up. But while that program is setting itself up I can't start up any other program not IE, not MSWrite, nothing, no even any of MS's games that all all small any light in hardware needed.

On BeOS even a hog like FireFox does not prevent me from starting other programs while it sorts itself out.

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RE[3]: Haiku under heavy load
by evangs on Tue 4th Sep 2007 14:51 in reply to "RE[2]: Haiku under heavy load"
evangs Member since:
2005-07-07

I downloaded the large Ratatouille trailer from Apple's quicktime site. http://www.apple.com/trailers/disney/ratatouille/

I duplicated the file 8 times and opened those 9 files in Quicktime. Launched all of them and hit exposť to view all the screens at once. No stuttering, no slowdowns of mouse movement. It was a bit freaky seeing 9 copies of the same video running at once, but that's beside the point ;) It's a shame I can't make a video out of it and post it on youtube in response to the Haiku video, unless someone knows of a free video capture program. Things started slowing down at 12 instances, but I guess you can't have everything.

So no, it'll take more than a video showing simultaneous playback of 6 video files to make me bat an eyelid ;)

edit: I'm using a 1st gen Macbook with a 2 Ghz Core Duo and 2 GB RAM. I don't know what machine was used in the demo, but if it was a PIII or something, then I'd be impressed.

Edited 2007-09-04 14:53

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RE[4]: Haiku under heavy load
by koki on Tue 4th Sep 2007 15:35 in reply to "RE[3]: Haiku under heavy load"
koki Member since:
2005-10-17

> I'm using a 1st gen Macbook with a 2 Ghz Core Duo and 2 GB RAM.

Nice try. But do that on on a machine with an AMD 3000+ CPU than runs at 1.8GHz (or equivalent) + 512MB RAM.

Shall I make you a coffee while you wait for your MAC to boot? ;)

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RE[3]: Haiku under heavy load
by evangs on Tue 4th Sep 2007 15:17 in reply to "RE[2]: Haiku under heavy load"
evangs Member since:
2005-07-07

Can't edit my other post anymore ;)

Anyway, here's the video of my Macbook doing 10 instances of video playback smoothly. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UoAWEoN8e3c
Excuse the mobile phone quality, but you should still be able to see what's going on.

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