Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 10th May 2010 10:03 UTC, submitted by robertson
BeOS & Derivatives Two news items about alternative operating system news in a row? What is this, Christmas? In any case, the Haiku project, the darling of OSNews (hey it's okay now), has released its second alpha release. This new stable development release contains some serious improvements over the first alpha.
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At the moment, Haiku still somewhat suffers from the chicken-and-egg problem of software and users. It's not completely devoid of useful software, as other people have shown, but the situation definitely isn't great, so may not yet be something the average person wants to use.

Still, there's a few positives to be found.

It has a half-decent modern web browser. No, the web isn't going to replace all native software anytime soon, but a modern web-browser can make a system functional and useful, even without all the other bits.

Compared to other platforms, there *is* software, both in terms of native software and ports. Yes, some of it is a decade old, but there is quite a bit of it out there.

It has a well-established consistent reasonably stable API with no aversion to closed-source or commercial software. As a bonus, quite a few developers already know it from the first time around. All of this should help encourage developers.

So while it may not be ideal today, Haiku shows quite a bit of promise in this direction. There's still a long way to go, but there's a lot of potential.

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