Linked by bcavally on Mon 21st Dec 2009 17:18 UTC
BeOS & Derivatives Today there are many operating systems available. Every vendor or community round it tries to make it as good as possible. Having different goals, different legacy and different cultures, they succeed in it more or less. We (end users) end up with big selection of operating systems, but for us the operating systems are usually compromise of the features that we would like to have. So is there an operating system that would fit all the needs of the end user? Is is the BeOS clone Haiku?
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RE[2]: availability of software ?
by Ikshaar on Mon 21st Dec 2009 22:15 UTC in reply to "RE: availability of software ?"
Ikshaar
Member since:
2005-07-14

First thing coming to mind would be media library (music and/or video) for example. I like Exaile, QuodLibet and Banshee style of applications on Linux. Most windows applications I know have either bloated interface (mediamonkey), don't read natively ogg files (WMP, iTunes, real) or are just overly design to manage music from one store (iTunes).

Even with ogg codec installed most are designed to force you to use their own format and do not work correctly with other formats.

The centralized codecs of BeOS and Linux is for that matter a huge advantage over Mac and Windows.

Which free software are you finding in Windows that do not exist in Linux ??

Edited 2009-12-21 22:20 UTC

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Bobthearch Member since:
2006-01-27

First thing coming to mind would be media library (music and/or video) for example. I like Exaile, QuodLibet and Banshee style of applications on Linux. Most windows applications I know have either bloated interface (mediamonkey), don't read natively ogg files (WMP, iTunes, real) or are just overly design to manage music from one store (iTunes).


Media players could very well be an example, but I'm skeptical. You're sure there isn't a Windows media player like those three? There must be hundreds of media players out there.

Banshee is being ported to Windows "soon" according to their website.

I've used WinAmp and several other players in the past, but now tend to simply use WMP or Creative (it came with the sound card). ;)

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Michael Oliveira Member since:
2005-07-07

First thing coming to mind would be media library (music and/or video) for example. I like Exaile, QuodLibet and Banshee style of applications on Linux. Most windows applications I know have either bloated interface (mediamonkey), don't read natively ogg files (WMP, iTunes, real) or are just overly design to manage music from one store (iTunes).


All that linux examples needs GTK+, and never will see the light of day in Haiku


Media players could very well be an example, but I'm skeptical. You're sure there isn't a Windows media player like those three? There must be hundreds of media players out there.

Like Sonata, maybe? mplayer compiles, but not run anything

I've used WinAmp and several other players in the past, but now tend to simply use WMP or Creative (it came with the sound card). ;)

The best player for me is AIMP2. Light years away from Winamp (since that became bloated)

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StephenBeDoper Member since:
2005-07-06

The centralized codecs of BeOS and Linux is for that matter a huge advantage over Mac and Windows.


Both OS X and Windows do support centralized codecs (DirectShow in Windows, QuickTime in OS X I believe). What you're describing is one of those odd situations where users of a "minority" OS have a better experience, precisely *because* they're too small to warrant "special treatment" from Apple, Microsoft, Real, etc.

The lack of a QuickTime directshow filter for Windows (or the lack of a WM codec for OS X) has more to do with business/politics than any technical factors.

Which free software are you finding in Windows that do not exist in Linux ??


Not sure what applications the original poster was referring to, but CDex and VirtualDub are two open source apps that are (so far as I know) Windows-only. Not that there's any lack of alternatives, of course.

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