Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 20th Aug 2010 21:40 UTC, submitted by koki
BeOS & Derivatives This summer, too, the Haikuproject is part of the Google Summer of Code event. One of the more interesting projects is the Services Kit (draft document!) by Christophe "Shusui" Huriaux, which is an API to facilitate the creation of native web-enabled programs using standard web protocols and data exchange mechanisms.
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The BeOS style multiple video demo is still VERY useful. The problem is that the purpose of this demo is misunderstood. This sort of demo is not meant to show the usefulness of Haiku, but to demonstrate the responsiveness of the system under heavy load, something which is at the heart of the Haiku user experience and that we seem to agree is a major strength of Haiku.

The problem is that all the competition can do the same thing, so it's not really showing much that's unique. Unless maybe they can't on netbook hardware that's slow enough? I don't have a netbook to test, but certainly they all run with ease on a modern desktop.

I think a better strategy might be showing quick 30 second youtube clips, where you:

open a netbook and boot
start an email app
make a quick reply to someone

all while a split screen shows another computer that is still trying to boot up.

I honestly don't see myself running Haiku on a desktop system anytime soon, but if it's really that quick then i think that could be a major selling point for people lugging around laptops, iPad clones, etc.

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The problem is that all the competition can do the same thing, so it's not really showing much that's unique.

The single most common reaction from first time Haiku users is a "wow, this thing is faster and more responsive than anything else I have ever used" type of comment. There is a reason for this. Windows, Linux and Mac users are used to sluggishness and the occasional choppiness in the interface, so they consider it normal.

Try Haiku on the very same hardware that you use your other OSes, and you will finally experience what having a responsive user interface really means. Only then will you come to the realization of how sluggish the other OSes actually are. This cannot be explained with words; you have to experience it, and once you do, I am pretty sure you will agree that it sucks to go back (to Windows, Linux, Mac, etc.). ;)

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