Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 14th Sep 2009 06:04 UTC
BeOS & Derivatives After eight years of hard work, the day has finally arrived. Today, September 14, the Haiku project has released its very first alpha release. With the goal of recreating one of the most beloved operating systems in history, the BeOS, they took on no small task, but it seems as if everything is finally starting to come together. Let's talk about the history of the BeOS, where Haiku comes from, and what the Alpha is like.
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Praise the BeOS Team.
by AlexandreAM on Mon 14th Sep 2009 07:30 UTC
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2006-02-06

For all the effort put into this surely wasn't small.

I am not, or ever was (though I played with it around 1998~1999 on a x86 box -- don't know which version, all I know is that it said "Personal Edition"), a BeOS user and, by the time I last tried it (some build of one month ago in a virtual machine), it didn't give me the impression that it is something I would like to use. Not because of any "problem" or anything, just that I seem to fail at BeOSing ;) .

Been used to fundamentally different environments for so long, I guess.

With that in mind, here comes my plead: Will any of you long time BeOS users (or lovers) give hints to a possible newcomer?

I just found the option to have Tracker work with only one window, which works best for me usually, but is there any quick way of opening a specific folder in a separate window? I know of Context Menu>>Open With...>>Tracker, but I was looking for something more like a key combo or something like that.

And, talking about key combos, I'm a keyboard lover. I rarely ever use my mouse for anything other than navigating in web pages. But I'm in need for keyboard shortcuts to do stuff like window cycling (alt-tab) and acessing the applications menus. Are those possible to set up through preferences or at least enabled in any way, be it config files or whatever?

Other than that, I'll definitely give it a fair try once I manage to have network running on the VMWare stuff... Too bad I can't risk installing experimental OSs on this production box, or I'd be running it native to make it simpler.

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RE: Praise the BeOS Team.
by TQH ! on Mon 14th Sep 2009 08:28 in reply to "Praise the BeOS Team."
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2006-03-16

Right click on any folder. You will find the subfolders as a tree menu, just click the subfolder you want to open. (It's very addictive btw).

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RE: Praise the BeOS Team.
by Zenja on Mon 14th Sep 2009 10:08 in reply to "Praise the BeOS Team."
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2005-07-06

There is an excellent user guide supplied with Haiku. Follow the Welcome link on the desktop, and read the user guide. The user guide is essential to really benefit from Haiku, since there are so many hidden tricks you can perform.

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RE: Praise the BeOS Team.
by StephenBeDoper on Mon 14th Sep 2009 18:19 in reply to "Praise the BeOS Team."
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2005-07-06

I just found the option to have Tracker work with only one window, which works best for me usually, but is there any quick way of opening a specific folder in a separate window?


Try Ctrl-Option (Windows key)-up arrow & down arrow. I use Tracker in "spatial" mode, so I can't say for certain - but in spatial mode those are the keyboard shortcut for "open parent/selected folder and close the current folder." So I'm guessing they do the reverse (what you want) in single-window mode.

And, talking about key combos, I'm a keyboard lover. I rarely ever use my mouse for anything other than navigating in web pages. But I'm in need for keyboard shortcuts to do stuff like window cycling (alt-tab) and acessing the applications menus.


Alt-Tab will work, but a bit differently than in Windows - you need to hold Alt-Tab down for a few seconds before the pop-up appears (although it will still switch between applications if you just tap Alt-Tab).

Accessing menus can be done with Ctrl-Esc. You may need to change the "shortcut key" setting - BeOS used Alt by default (so copy was Alt-C, past was Alt-V, etc), but I don't remember if that's the case with Haiku. The setting should be under the Haiku menu > Preferences > Menu.

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