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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RE: But why?
by Valhalla on Wed 11th Feb 2009 13:22 UTC in reply to "But why?"
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Why? Simple, the developers have found that none of the existing operating systems fulfill their vision of the os they want to use. It doesn't have to be an OS for the masses. If it is then great, but for all intents and purposes it only has to satisfy it's creators.

There are no shareholders lurking in the shadows waiting for a return of their investment. The investment here is the spare time (as in time with which you do what you please) of the developers and the return is the OS itself, hence it cannot fail unless the developers call it a day and abandon the project.

Now as for Haiku's future, there's a huge difference between what one would wish for and what one expects. What I wish is that Haiku does really well and claims the throne as the open source desktop OS. What I expect is that Haiku will gain enough of a following to ensure a healthy community and also attract enough developers for vital ports and native applications. I also believe there will be some commercial possibilities for Haiku that hopefully will involve opportunities for atleast some developers to make money while working on Haiku.

People really need to stop being so anal about success and failure, particularly when we are talking about spare time projects. Like other projects of it's kind, Haiku doesn't need to make excuses for it's existance.
It's free to use, so take it for a spin and make up your own mind.

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