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[2]: But why?
by NexusCrawler on Wed 11th Feb 2009 13:31 UTC in reply to "RE: But why?"
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By the way, there were some wonderful demos of BeOS that should be still amazing to watch today. It was something like that :

(1) Open a video in a media player. (opens quickly and plays flawlessly, of course)

(2) Drag the image of the video on the desktop: a shot of the video at that moment has been taken and recorded in a file stored in the desktop.

(3) Now select some portion of the video and drag it: this time you got some audio of the video, just the part you selected.

(4) Instead of dropping on the desktop, you can drop into another application and the other application directly works on the tidbit you selected.

(5) Of course all these applications runs together with no lag at all. Especially none in user interactions.

I remember playing simultaneously ten or twenty MP3 files at the same time on some Pentium 120MHz with 24Mo. No problem at all, while it was quite impossible with any other OS. (not to mention that at the time these other OS couldn't even play simultaneously several wave sounds but hey...)

It's just... So easy, so natural, so efficient. It's not about something that other OSes cannot do, it's about how things should be done.

Well, whatever. I'll stop bragging for now and we'll see in one year or two where Haiku will be then. :-)

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