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[5]: Please explain
by mmu_man on Tue 28th Oct 2008 00:37 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Please explain"
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The BeOS kernel has really poor performance compared to even old Linux. It just had better design in some places (that Linux still didn't pick up), and so has the upper layers. The overall multithreading gives the impression it's faster, while the kernel is much slower.
Some parts of the BeOS kernel had gross hacks that allowed it to take shortcuts but wouldn't scale to today hardware.
Haiku has already much better code quality overall because it received a lot more peer review than BeOS ever had.

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RE[6]: Please explain
by Kebabbert on Tue 28th Oct 2008 09:31 in reply to "RE[5]: Please explain"
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Ok. Thanx for your help. Ive heard lots about Haiku. Maybe Haiku on the desktop and Solaris on the home server with ZFS would be a nice combo.

My fear was that BeOS kernel was super engineered because everyone says it is so good and now we try to imitate it with Haiku. But what says that the imitation takes the same good design decisions as BeOS? Haiku is compatible, but it could maybe have a bad design which makes it inferior to BeOS. But benchmarks reveals that Haiku is as quick as BeOS on the same hardware. This means that Haiku should not be that bad as I feared.

Just because BeOS was super, does that automatically imply that Haiku is super too? No it doesnt. But now my fears are qualmed. Thanx guys. It will be very interesting to try out Haiku under VirtualBox!

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