Linked by Kevin Miller on Thu 15th Oct 2009 22:16 UTC
BeOS & Derivatives Today marks an entire week of using Haiku as my primary operating system. This is my first PC to get the most out of any BeOS related operating system to date. My old 200MHz Toshiba ran R5 PE just fine but without any networking. My eMachine ran Zeta just fine, but once again, there were networking issues (and Zeta was pronounced dead around this time). In the age of the Internet, this pretty much forced me away from BeOS and its decendants until now.
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umccullough
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2006-01-26

But if you are into the Internet age, then Haiku doesn't cut it. Let's face it and not hide behind our finger for the sake of supporting an OS project.


Pretty vague statements I think...

Most of my internet uses are indeed supported by Haiku's BezillaBrowser.

The major missing feature is Flash support... which I'm guess you probably rely on pretty heavily?

FF2 does also lack speed and better Javascript/HTML5 support that we expect from newer browsers. Google Wave for example, doesn't quite work in Haiku ;)

I also run Haiku ~75% of the time I fire up my AOA150. I've been using the experimental wifi driver, with my router currently unsecured (I essentially live in the middle of nowhere, so this isn't a huge deal for me). I can chat on IRC, surf the web, read emails, and work on some porting projects. This is pretty much the bulk of my evening computer usage anyway, so I'd say it's pretty close to being my primary OS as well ;)

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frood Member since:
2005-07-06

I spend much of my time in a terminal, so the browser issue isn't such a big deal for me either. As long as I can get to OSnews!

Regarding the unsecured wifi.. if I locked down my router to only allow my Haiku machines MAC address, would that work? Would give a small amount of security at least. How about hiding the SSID also?

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umccullough Member since:
2006-01-26

I spend much of my time in a terminal, so the browser issue isn't such a big deal for me either. As long as I can get to OSnews!

Regarding the unsecured wifi.. if I locked down my router to only allow my Haiku machines MAC address, would that work? Would give a small amount of security at least. How about hiding the SSID also?


Hiding the SSID won't help because the experimental wifi stack doesn't allow you to specify one yet (it just searches for the strongest unsecured network it can find).

As for MAC filtering - that would probably keep the majority of people from utilizing your connection, but keep in mind it 1) doesn't encrypt your traffic (so always make sure to use https and ssh for remote connections you want secured) and 2) can be thwarted by cloning the MAC on another machine (this would require someone to be snooping traffic to determine which MACs are in the area, and cloning them until they find one that seems to work).

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Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

I'm like Theo de Raadt, I don't trust wireless encryption, I use would use a VPN.

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Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

I've been using the experimental wifi driver, with my router currently unsecured (I essentially live in the middle of nowhere, so this isn't a huge deal for me).


If it doesn't support WPA1/2 or even WEP this is pretty much a showstopper for any normal person.

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StephenBeDoper Member since:
2005-07-06

"I've been using the experimental wifi driver, with my router currently unsecured (I essentially live in the middle of nowhere, so this isn't a huge deal for me).


If it doesn't support WPA1/2 or even WEP this is pretty much a showstopper for any normal person.
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A non-issue currently - Haiku itself isn't meant for "normal users" at this point, and the wifi support isn't included or enabled by default. Anyone who installs experimental software on an Alpha OS probably isn't a "normal user."

And I highly doubt that the developers plan to release a final/stable version without any encryption support.

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