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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Amazing speed and memory use. I only noticed it using around 150 megs at most out of 1GB. nVidia card and 20" Dell monitor ran at the correct resolution of 1680x1050, as did the onboard audio (my new SB Audigy didn't work though--damn newer, unsupported chipsets; the BSDs don't work either AFAIK). Ogg Vorbis files seem to play fine (as do MP3s) but often produce a noise between files.

Also, I noticed that the web browser can take a lot of CPU on certain sites when scrolling to the point of screwing up the playing music file (can't remember if the site had Flash applets or not, but it probably did; I'm used to no flash thanks to NoScript and Adblock, which are not available in Web Positive). And on that note, the included Flash substitute, Gnash I believe, sucks (even worse than Flash itself). It doesn't even play YouTube videos.

On my 2001 Gateway (1.7GHz P4 w/ 256MB RAM), I unfortunately got disc read/timeout errors leading to a kernel panic upon boot. Thinking that maybe it was one of those bugs potentially only effecting the "anyboot" image, I burned the regular ISO. Unfortunately, the same exact thing happens.

I wish the Flash problem could be fixed--IMO it's the main weakness. Flash sucks, and Gnash sucks even worse. Honestly, I'd rather see Haiku not have Flash support at all, or have Adobe port their player. But yes, I know there's not a slim chance in hell of that happening unless Haiku gets big enough (which obviously won't happen for quite a while, and certainly not before it's officially out of alpha/beta).

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