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[3]: Netbooks
by phoudoin on Fri 13th Feb 2009 16:23 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Netbooks"
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Basic (read Intel CA implementation) ACPI is there but isn't enabled by default yet.

Wireless support will comes, and the very few (wmb2200, iw2100, rt25xx, hfa384x aka Prism 2 & 3 ...) that are/were available for BeOS R5 should works fine under Haiku, at the cost of having to edit by hand a config file, which is not very beos/haiku/user friendl, we all confess that.

Today there is far less windows-only hardware than 10 years ago, thanks to Linux and BSD communities big efforts to bring hardware makers to more openess. Atheros opened its HAL. Intel opened pretty much all its hardware devices, even their GMA. AMD/ATI do it now too, Realtek were since long already, and so on. Except for very niche hardware markets and, what a surprise, nVidia, the list of device supported by alternative OSes is increasing. And more and more auxiliary chips are made by asian makers, whose business model is less based on closed documentation, most propably because they've grown by... looking to what and how others makers were doing stuffs.

The end result is it's less difficult to have access to some hardware documentation that before. And Haiku already benefits from it, which make its hardware support future less darker than it was in BeOS times...

Still, using an alternative operating system will never give you the everything is supported of the #1 OS.
That's why they call choice freedom. But no choice comes without alternatives solutions...

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