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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Comment by kaiwai
by kaiwai on Mon 14th Sep 2009 09:19 UTC
kaiwai
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2005-07-06

I was having a look at the screenshot - am I the only one who went 'wow' when I saw how little memory is used? Haiku is the perfect operating system for a constrained environment such as a Netbook; I hope some of the big name vendors wise up and see the potential in it.

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RE: Comment by kaiwai
by dragossh on Mon 14th Sep 2009 09:55 in reply to "Comment by kaiwai"
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2008-12-16

Not only that, but the hard disk footprint is small as well. Haiku really shines at stuff like this: small, fast, running so well especially on old hardware. I always chuckle when someone says "look at how fast they made X". Yeah yeah, Haiku can still boot in 10 seconds (if it boots, that is :-).

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RE[2]: Comment by kaiwai
by kaiwai on Mon 14th Sep 2009 10:22 in reply to "RE: Comment by kaiwai"
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2005-07-06

Not only that, but the hard disk footprint is small as well. Haiku really shines at stuff like this: small, fast, running so well especially on old hardware. I always chuckle when someone says "look at how fast they made X". Yeah yeah, Haiku can still boot in 10 seconds (if it boots, that is :-).


The cool thing is that alot of the hardware support can be added using open source components; CUPS and Gutenprint. I'm surprised though that they didn't port the OpenBSD networking stack across given the massive array of network devices which it supports.

I honestly believe that if they got Haiku-OS to UNIX 2003/POSIX compliance, improved the hardware support - it would be an unbeatable system for the desktop. Sure, there are issues like multi-user but they can be sorted out in time - but alot of the big lifting like interface design, standards and consistency have already been worked out.

Maybe I'm dreamy but I'd love to see an x86 vendor create a business model on it akin to the Macintosh world ;)

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RE: Comment by kaiwai
by KugelKurt on Mon 14th Sep 2009 11:09 in reply to "Comment by kaiwai"
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2005-07-06

Haiku is the perfect operating system for a constrained environment such as a Netbook; I hope some of the big name vendors wise up and see the potential in it.

They won't. Look how they react to Linux and Linux (incl. X.org) has development support by Intel itself.

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RE[2]: Comment by kaiwai
by Zenja on Mon 14th Sep 2009 12:52 in reply to "RE: Comment by kaiwai"
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2005-07-06

"Haiku is the perfect operating system for a constrained environment such as a Netbook; I hope some of the big name vendors wise up and see the potential in it.

They won't. Look how they react to Linux and Linux (incl. X.org) has development support by Intel itself.
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Never say never. Haiku's license is not as infective as Linux's, so I expect to see growing corporate support in the following years.

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