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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RE: Haiku is great!
by Morgan on Wed 12th May 2010 14:31 UTC in reply to "Haiku is great!"
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It's my understanding that they are going for full BeOS R5 compatibility with this first release. R5 came about during Windows 98's heyday; at that time, security on home computers was not a big issue. Given that it was such an obscure OS, there were no viruses for it, few exploits, and overall no real need for security beyond the basics. It was a perfect example of security by obscurity. Granted, there were inherent security features from being partially POSIX compliant, but that left a lot of room for improvement.

Let me be clear: I don't agree with BeOS R5's lack of security, and I hope the Haiku team has some great ideas for future security measures. I'd love to see a password barrier before the desktop loads, at the very least. Even though it's meant to be a single-user system, there exists the ability to add user accounts and set permissions.

As it is an open source project, why not build on this foundation and help them to achieve a security concept?

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