Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 10th Feb 2009 18:31 UTC
BeOS & Derivatives Back when it was becoming clear that the time of the BeOS had come and gone, enthusiasts immediately set up the OpenBeOS project, an attempt to recreate the Be operating system from scratch, using a MIT-like license. The project faced difficult odds, and numerous times progress seemed quite slow. Still, persistence pays off, and the first alpha release is drawing ever closer. We decided to take a look at where Haiku currently stands.
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Accuracy, Thom, Accuracy!
by JonathanBThompson on Tue 10th Feb 2009 23:49 UTC
JonathanBThompson
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2006-05-26

Come on, Thom, if you're going to make sweeping statements about no other OSes having multiuser and list some, you need to be more careful and accurate about your history!

"Windows" is more than just Win9x mutations: it also includes Windows NT and its descendants as well. Well, Windows NT has had multiuser (not merely silly passwords and user folders everyone else could access, but actual multiuser) since it was first released in 1993. And yes, it was released as a general purpose OS also meant for desktop use, and was in active mass production: even though it really didn't gain much ground until around 2000-2001 numbers-wise in comparison to Win9x mutants, the truth is it still had more users than BeOS probably ever has had ;)

I'm sort of surprised you didn't mention that Haiku has now been booted natively on Macs (at least in the last 24 hours, someone going by the nick of bebop-haiku managed to boot it on his MacBook) and a few other things. Sure, as of the last information I had, bebop-haiku hadn't managed to get the sound fully working, and Bluetooth... well, I don't think he had anything to test that with, but he was booted and running Vision and FireFox (the biggest problems with FireFox are the common BeOS FireFox issues that may be had on BeOS as well). Who knows? Perhaps Apple will inadvertently find themselves once again being the maker of BeOS/Haiku-compatible machines ;)

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RE: Accuracy, Thom, Accuracy!
by rcsteiner on Wed 11th Feb 2009 18:09 in reply to "Accuracy, Thom, Accuracy!"
rcsteiner Member since:
2005-07-12

NT? Multiuser? How? Two users could *not* use the box concurrently.

Operating systems like Linux allow two people to sign into either a CLI or GUI (or both) at the same time. That's multiuser.

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umccullough Member since:
2006-01-26

NT? Multiuser? How? Two users could *not* use the box concurrently.

Operating systems like Linux allow two people to sign into either a CLI or GUI (or both) at the same time. That's multiuser.


Definition of multi-user can be discussed forever... but either way you're wrong.

NT3.51 was already multi-user capable - enter a product called NTrigue (technology now commonly known as Terminal Server).

Once an operating system supports the notion of different owners per process with proper separation and permissions, it is pretty much multi-user.

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