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 marcp
by marcp on Mon 14th Sep 2009 10:32 UTC
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2007-11-23

Well. Be Inc. didn't have to go on settlment with MS! That's partially their fault. They could have fight with MS, not only taking the money.

Anyways, I fully agree that BeOS was one of the most advanced OSs on the planet and it STILL kills MS and MacOSX in their actual forms known today!

I stick to Haiku for several years now and I will be testing it even more extensively to help to improve it.

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RE: Comment by marcp
by KugelKurt on Mon 14th Sep 2009 11:10 in reply to "Comment by marcp"
KugelKurt Member since:
2005-07-06

Well. Be Inc. didn't have to go on settlment with MS! That's partially their fault. They could have fight with MS, not only taking the money.

Great idea. And pay the lawyers with what? Free BeOS CDs?

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RE: Comment by marcp
by Eddyspeeder on Mon 14th Sep 2009 15:11 in reply to "Comment by marcp"
Eddyspeeder Member since:
2006-05-10

Oh come on, let's be fair! Even back then we *all* knew that the lawsuit was aimed solely at getting a settlement.

The reason why: it was the only thing JLG could still do for the shareholders: get them their money back.

It would make no sense continuing to sue Microsoft on end. Lawyers would be stalling the process for years just to raise cost; losing would mean no money whatsoever; a lawsuit of a "small" company like Be, Inc. could never lead to a substantial change in the conduct of Microsoft. So there was no point not settling.

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RE[2]: Comment by marcp
by marcp on Mon 14th Sep 2009 18:19 in reply to "RE: Comment by marcp"
marcp Member since:
2007-11-23

Well, you may be right. Anyway - it always hurts to see the situation like that one: bigger eats smaller, even though smaller is more innovative and feature-rich. Sad.

But it's great we have BeOS finally back! Go Haiku! ;)

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RE: Comment by marcp
by StephenBeDoper on Mon 14th Sep 2009 19:07 in reply to "Comment by marcp"
StephenBeDoper Member since:
2005-07-06

Well. Be Inc. didn't have to go on settlment with MS! That's partially their fault. They could have fight with MS, not only taking the money.


From what I remember, there wasn't really much of Be Inc. left to fight with MS at that point. IIRC, the only person actively working for Be at that point was a lawyer whose job was basically just to make sure that any remaining creditors/shareholders got what they were owed.

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RE[2]: Comment by marcp
by Eddyspeeder on Mon 14th Sep 2009 22:40 in reply to "RE: Comment by marcp"
Eddyspeeder Member since:
2006-05-10

Yes sir, that is correct.
(By the way, good to see you again man! Any chance you're going to bring the satirical & always hilarious BeDoper.com news channel back to life?)

But actually, the lawyer did more than that; his job also involved selling assets like the be.com domain for the highest price possible. I once inquired into what they were asking and IIRC he wanted one million USD for it (because two-lettered dotcom domains are scarce).

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RE: Comment by marcp
by Bending Unit on Mon 14th Sep 2009 20:13 in reply to "Comment by marcp"
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2005-07-06

Anyways, I fully agree that BeOS was one of the most advanced OSs on the planet and it STILL kills MS and MacOSX in their actual forms known today!

Well BeOS was original and exciting but really, kills windows 7?? Does R5 even boot on today's (or yesterday's) computers!

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RE[2]: Comment by marcp
by twm_bucket on Mon 14th Sep 2009 20:25 in reply to "RE: Comment by marcp"
twm_bucket Member since:
2008-10-09

Yes, it boots on my quad Xeon. But does it install? That's a whole other story.

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RE[2]: Comment by marcp
by dtravis7 on Mon 14th Sep 2009 20:51 in reply to "RE: Comment by marcp"
dtravis7 Member since:
2005-07-14

BeOS R5 boots on my PIII Dell and one AMD 64 rig. It was VERY FAST on even the PIII and everything worked.

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RE[2]: Comment by marcp
by marcp on Mon 14th Sep 2009 21:04 in reply to "RE: Comment by marcp"
marcp Member since:
2007-11-23

Almost nothing else boots THAT fast - c'mon - 10 s ...
I'm no fanboy of any kind of any OS, but just think about it ... 10 s to GUI ... if you think it's no big deal, then try to beat it with any OS you got.

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