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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RE[2]: Comment by kaiwai
by Zenja on Mon 14th Sep 2009 12:52 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by kaiwai"
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"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. has development support by Intel itself.

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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RE[3]: Comment by kaiwai
by KugelKurt on Mon 14th Sep 2009 19:19 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by kaiwai"
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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.

Believe it or not, but many corporations actually love the GPL. When they invest money into GPLed software development, they can be sure no other corporation just takes their work and making money without contributing anything back.
Contributing to GPL software is like an unofficial joint venture.

I'm not saying that the same cannot be achieved with MIT-licensed software. That requires a higher degree of trust, though, and corporate managers often don't have that trust.

If the license was a huge decisive factor, Intel, IBM and all the other corporation would be pushing FreeBSD and not Linux.

Haiku can only be of special interest for hardware manufacturers if it has something special. RAM consumption isn't a key factor, because Linux itself can be configured to have low requirements (heck, Linux runs on phones and embedded hardware).
Haiku does not have a netbook-optimized GUI. With Moblin and KDE's plasma-netbook, Linux has two free ones already.

I'm a huge fan of Haiku, but that does not mean that Haiku will be a commercial smash hit anytime soon. Haiku is a nice little hobby OS and an active community is all Haiku needs.
If some vendor picks Haiku up, I'll be happy. If no vendor does (the likely scenario), the community can still thrive.

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RE[4]: Comment by kaiwai
by hufman on Tue 15th Sep 2009 02:46 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by kaiwai"
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The benefit for MIT or BSD, as opposed to GPL, is that they can make their own closed-source drivers for the system. GPL prevents this in Linux, and so Linux would theoretically have less support from big hardware vendors than Haiku would, if they were on equal footing.

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