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: Haiku OS
by Eddyspeeder on Mon 14th Sep 2009 15:04 UTC in reply to "Haiku OS"
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I totally concur!

Call me a cry baby if you will, but I never thought that an alpha release would affect me so much. Tears of joy actually well up in my eyes reading all these responses and knowing that the future to BeOS is more hopeful than it's been the past decade. It brings back all the 1999-2009 memories, both joyful and painful:
- Be, Inc. deciding to pull the main focus off BeOS and work on BeIA.
- Be, Inc. bankrupt: "Goodbye Be".
- The 26.6M settlement with Microsoft.
- The BeGeistert gatherings with announcements for BeOS NG (= Zeta) and OpenBeOS (= Haiku).
- New features like the SVG Tracker and the Locale Kit.
- Witnessing yellowTAB struggling for survival from close by.
- Haiku progressing slowly but steadily, thorough philosophizing by its developers.
- The reign of terror within yellowTAB by Torsten Linde (CFO, but CEO when Bernd was CVO).
- yellowTAB losing the battle, sold to Magnussoft.
- Now: Haiku alpha 1, still much support (see all comments above and below).

Perhaps now you get why I'm a bit emotional today. :'-)

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RE[2]: Haiku OS
by ari-free on Mon 14th Sep 2009 17:21 in reply to "RE: Haiku OS"
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Be Inc certainly went through a lot. But even Haiku went through a lot of attrition. I remember all the setbacks: "oh this guy had to leave, what are they going to do now?"

8 years is a long time for a lot of people and it's amazing that many developers stayed the course from the beginning.

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RE[2]: Haiku OS
by Bending Unit on Mon 14th Sep 2009 20:02 in reply to "RE: Haiku OS"
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Oh that dreaded "focus shift", I still remember it ;)

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