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: yes!!!!
by KugelKurt on Tue 15th Sep 2009 00:59 UTC in reply to "yes!!!!"
KugelKurt
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2005-07-06

Firefox isn't that bad, even though it only ships Firefox 2.0.
Newer builds (and WebKit) require GCC 4, but Haiku is officially GCC 2-only to be binary compatible.
I've read that Haiku compiles fine with GCC 4, but for R1 the team wants to be BeOS R5 compatible.

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RE[2]: yes!!!!
by umccullough on Tue 15th Sep 2009 01:38 in reply to "RE: yes!!!!"
umccullough Member since:
2006-01-26

Firefox isn't that bad, even though it only ships Firefox 2.0.
Newer builds (and WebKit) require GCC 4, but Haiku is officially GCC 2-only to be binary compatible.
I've read that Haiku compiles fine with GCC 4, but for R1 the team wants to be BeOS R5 compatible.


R1 (and the alpha that was just released) contains both gcc2 and gcc4 libraries. It also contains both toolchains.

Thus, both compilers can be used now, and the R1/alpha1 should support software compiled with either.

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RE[3]: yes!!!!
by KugelKurt on Tue 15th Sep 2009 01:49 in reply to "RE[2]: yes!!!!"
KugelKurt Member since:
2005-07-06

Ah, OK. Is that also the reason why Haiku (compared to BeOS 5, not by today's standards) is so huge? By default, 1GB HDD used and 128 MB RAM minimum. R5's requirements were a quarter of that.

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