Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 23rd Dec 2007 17:41 UTC, submitted by koki
BeOS & Derivatives "It looks like the Haiku Webkit port initiated by Ryan Leavengood has entered a productive second stage of development, and thanks to the recent work by one of the new project team members, Andrea 'xeD' Anzani, tangible progress has been made as shown by the recent screenshot showing the HaikuLauncher application rendering I was curious about his work, so I went directly to the source and asked a few questions to Andrea; here are his answers." On a related note, Haiku now has a new nightly build archive.
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how is being different interesting?

From the context, I would assume that smitty meant: many of the aspects which make BeOS / Haiku interesting lie in its differences from other OSes, not that it's different solely for the sake of being different.

It's a subtle distinction, but an important one. I always thought that the "think different" ads were stupid for that exact reason - the type of nonsense that appeals to faux-intellectuals who think that being blindly anti-populist is the same thing as having discerning tastes (while failing to realize the irony that blind contrarianism is just as intellectually-lazy as blind conformity).

That's one particular thing I've always liked about the BeOS community - it's largely free of those sorts of pretentions, at least IME.

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not that it's different solely for the sake of being different.

True... If the API was "different" only by transposing all the characters around to make all the function names different - I think everyone would turn up their nose and walk away... so if that's what he meant, then I agree - that's not interesting.

However, BeOS/Haiku is "different" in a new sort of way, which is exactly what sparks the interest of people searching for something less ordinary - something thought provoking - something that challenges the way things are usually done in an effort to find a "better way".

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