Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 23rd Oct 2008 19:58 UTC, submitted by FreeGamer
BeOS & Derivatives It seems like only yesterday when due to a combination of hubris, bad business decisions, and pressure from Apple and Microsoft, Be, Inc. went under, with its assets - including the BeOS - bought up by Palm, who now store it in a filing cabinet somewhere in the attic of the company's Sunnyvale headquarters. Right after Be went under, the OpenBeOS project was started; an effort to recreate the BeOS as open source under the MIT license. This turned out to be a difficult task, and many doubted the project would ever get anywhere. We're seven years down the road now, and the persistence is paying off: the first Haiku alpha is nearer than ever.
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I didn't expect Haiku's success
by Detlef Niehof on Thu 23rd Oct 2008 21:37 UTC
Detlef Niehof
Member since:
2006-05-02

I remember that initially there were several projects that attempted to re-create BeOS. Instead of rewriting everything (more or less) from scratch like OpenBeOS/Haiku does, some of them tried to create a BeOS-like GUI on top of the Linux kernel.
This GUI-on-Linux approach seemed so much more sane to me, and I didn't expect OpenBeOS/Haiku to get very far. Surprisingly (for me), AFAIK Haiku is the only one that is still alive.
Congratulations!

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helf Member since:
2005-07-06

The GUI on top of linux was blasphemy ;)

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pixel8r Member since:
2007-08-11

The GUI on top of linux was blasphemy ;)


to linux.

i bought BeOS back in the day, including gobe office.
i liked it but not the GUI.

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