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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I love the Haiku project and used BeOS R5 as my primary system years ago, but Eugenia is correct in the sense that Haiku is NOT ready to be used as a primary desktop. Not yet. Not for me anyway, nor for the vast majority of users. I am glad the OP is enjoying it.

But man oh man do I hope they keep up the good work! ;)

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Eddyspeeder Member since:

As someone who, until July, has used Zeta (BeOS derivate) as main (and only!) OS at home, I think I have a say in this, and I agree with Tuishimi.

Several basic operations cannot be done. Many Flash sites (there are many, even ones you'll need), many Java sites (internet banking, to name an example) - you can pretty much forget about those to be accessible.

Then let's talk about Office compatibility. DOCX... XLSX... no? Oh. DOC support is minimal. You're not able to even import graphics embedded within the documents. So the only thing you can turn to is Google Docs. It's a life saver!

I also started missing Skype support by the way.

Conclusion: I still love BeOS and would switch to Haiku in a heartbeat if I could run it as my primary OS. I'm currently very happy to not have these limitations anymore under Mac OS X. So I agree with Eugenia and Tuishimi... it is not really possible at this point. I've accepted & lived with the impairments for several years and now they have gotten to a point where they are too difficult to handle, I had to make a switch to a different OS. This is the reality right now.

P.S.: Note that I do *NOT* wish to complain about these impairments. I voluntarily chose to accept the lack of support of some technological advancements and I was okay with it. I still do not regret it and I commend this article's author to have given it a shot.

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blitze Member since:

Ok, what part of Alpha Software don't people get? Of course Haiku ain't ready for mainstream computing yet. I would hope that by Beta stage there is more usability for the OS and some app development along the lines of:

Office app that is Haiku Native like GOBE Productive BUT supports Open Office File Formats (don't want OO just a Haiku Native app that is read/write compatible with PDF support as well).

Soundplay, been a great little audio player for BeOS and shouldn't take much to take across to Haiku.

VideoLAN but a current build

A native browser or Opera 10 which ever.

A Skype like app that is native and allows Skype users to communicate.

That would be great for starters and then moving on apps that really take on the media capabilities that Haiku following in BeOS footsteps, can deliver.

Audio - something like Reaper but Haiku Native

Video - something semi pro to start with handling of multiple audio and video streams edited on the same timeline with chapter marking andd DVD/BlueRay Disc Authoring from the same app. I hate Premier/Encore where you have to move between them. Again, Haiku Native and ready for a step up to x64 when Haiku moves into that sphere. Still given how capable BeOS was back in the day of minuscule ram requirements and I did do video editing on it, x86 would still have plenty to offer.

But back to now, it's Alpha Release 1 software and for that Haiku is pretty darn good.

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