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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RE: Comment by Kroc
by Soulbender on Fri 24th Oct 2008 12:55 UTC in reply to "Comment by Kroc"
Soulbender
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2005-08-18

All I'd require is Firefox!


Haiku has Firefox.

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RE[2]: Comment by Kroc
by yahya on Sun 26th Oct 2008 05:52 in reply to "RE: Comment by Kroc"
yahya Member since:
2007-03-29

Haiku has an unofficial port of firefox 2. It feels very alien on Haiku/Beos and extremely hoggish compared to any native beos app.

No doubt, a native webkit based browser would be a far better solution.

apart from that, I am impressed with the progress (even succeeded in running GoBe Productive 2.01 on it with few crashes.)

However, the question remains as to who is going to use an OS, for which almost for a decade almost no new apps have been written.

Edited 2008-10-26 05:53 UTC

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RE[3]: Comment by Kroc
by TQH ! on Sun 26th Oct 2008 10:09 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Kroc"
TQH ! Member since:
2006-03-16

It's not unofficial at all.

http://www.mozilla.org/ports/beos/

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RE[3]: Comment by Kroc
by stippi on Sun 26th Oct 2008 15:06 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Kroc"
stippi Member since:
2006-01-19

That is exaggerating a bit. I stopped working on WonderBrush (to become a Haiku developer) at the end of 2005. And you could consider that a major BeOS/Haiku application. Other applications have been written and maintained up until now. Like Beam, which is a powerful mailer.

You are obviously right, there are not nearly as many applications available for the platform as on other much more popular platforms. But the question is always whether the applications one personally needs are there or not. My point is that this problem should not be exaggerated.

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