Linked by Andrew Hudson on Tue 23rd Feb 2010 00:23 UTC
BeOS & Derivatives What's that you say? You made a New Year's resolution but haven't kept it? You vowed to sharpen your programming skills, write a cool application, AND use cutting edge operating system technology? Look no further, you have come to the right place. This article will get you started writing applications for Haiku, the open source version of the advanced BeOS operating system.
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RE: All very nice...
by looncraz on Tue 23rd Feb 2010 03:41 UTC in reply to "All very nice..."
looncraz
Member since:
2005-07-24

BeOS supported 'n' CPUs, Haiku had the same aim.

Even BeOS can take advantage of however many CPU cores are available, provided it can support the chipset / memory.

From what I hear wireless works very well, but is not tested well enough to consider it anything more than experimental.

Also, before you judge a complex project such as an operating system, one should always consider how long it took the competition to attain the same level of completeness they are expecting.

For Windows, that would be 10 years for wireless, and then only because companies other than Microsoft did the work. Otherwise, you can move that all of the way up to 14 years ( XP ) - and that is with very poor inbuilt hardware support. But Microsoft need only worry about having the kernel boot and remain stable enough for 3rd party drivers to be installed.

For Linux, well... much longer.

Haiku has come an incredibly long way very fast thanks to 'merely' being, essentially, a reimplementation of a prior work - design decisions are mostly already made for you.

Think before you speak.

--The loon

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RE[2]: All very nice...
by Delgarde on Tue 23rd Feb 2010 03:51 in reply to "RE: All very nice..."
Delgarde Member since:
2008-08-19

Think before you speak.

--The loon


Like I say, I'd be interested in trying it out. But based on the limited info on the Haiku website, it doesn't seem like it's really in a state where that'd be worthwhile yet - not being able to connect to the internet is a bit of a show-stopper, given this is a desktop OS...

Maybe in another year, it might be mature enough to be worth a closer look. But not right now...

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RE[3]: All very nice...
by aaronb on Tue 23rd Feb 2010 10:44 in reply to "RE[2]: All very nice..."
aaronb Member since:
2005-07-06

Why not install it in something like VirtualBox or KVM?

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RE[3]: All very nice...
by Laurence on Tue 23rd Feb 2010 10:51 in reply to "RE[2]: All very nice..."
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

Like I say, I'd be interested in trying it out. But based on the limited info on the Haiku website, it doesn't seem like it's really in a state where that'd be worthwhile yet - not being able to connect to the internet is a bit of a show-stopper, given this is a desktop OS...

Maybe in another year, it might be mature enough to be worth a closer look. But not right now...


So run it in a virtual machine - testing it there won't even cost you the price of a black CDR

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RE[3]: All very nice...
by Luposian on Wed 24th Feb 2010 04:46 in reply to "RE[2]: All very nice..."
Luposian Member since:
2005-07-27


Like I say, I'd be interested in trying it out. But based on the limited info on the Haiku website, it doesn't seem like it's really in a state where that'd be worthwhile yet - not being able to connect to the internet is a bit of a show-stopper, given this is a desktop OS...

Maybe in another year, it might be mature enough to be worth a closer look. But not right now...


Limited info on the Haiku website? What info, specifically, are you looking for?

Not being able to connect to the Internet? Where did you get THAT idea? Sure, wireless connectivity is still limited to unprotected networks (no WEP or WPA/WPA2 yet), but Haiku will connect to the Internet just FINE, if you have a wired Ethernet connection! Web browsers include Firefox, Aurora, and NetSurf.

Need to know what hardware in your system is supported? Try a bootable CD image and see what happens.

Can't get an .iso to burn to CD? I can make one for you... of the latest revision, if you like. You want GCC2 or GCC4?

Alpha1 is getting dated. A lot has improved since then.

Haiku is FAR more "usable" than you think, even at it's current stage. You just need to give it a chance.

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