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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RE[6]: Strain
by koki on Wed 25th Aug 2010 15:11 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Strain"
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"Try loading both modern OS's up with 6 avi streams and 10 MP3 streams and then get back to me about how wonderful the User Environment is

Works fine, actually, on my win 7 peecee.

But playing a buttload of videostreams must be the worst metric ever conceived, since 99,999% of all users play only one stream at a time.

As I already mentioned on another comment here, the purpose of this sort of demo is not to show the practicality of playing 10 videos at the same time, but to demonstrate the efficiency of the system under heavy load; the point being, no matter what you throw at Haiku, you will always enjoy a smooth user experience, even if you are using low end hardware.

Given the right (high-end, hardware accelerated) PC, Win 7 (or Linux) may also play multiple streams w/o a hitch. The point is, though, that using Haiku you don't need a supercomputer with hardware acceleration to enjoy a system that does not annoy you with the occasional UI lagging and/or mouse jerkiness.

For example, I have a middle of the road dual core PC with 1GB RAM, and Haiku runs very smoothly not matter what I throw at it (ie., compiling Haiku, playing a video plus web browser, email client, IRC client and plus a few more apps running). On the same machine, Win 7 is a joke that it feels like I had downgraded my PC to a Pentium with 64MB of RAM, and Ubuntu runs acceptably, but the UI shows lagging and it becomes overall jerky (ergo, unusable) when, for example, I compile Haiku in it.

People have got used to the sort of subpar user experience that Win and Linux has delivered over the years, and unfortunately the notion that you need super-machines to enjoy responsiveness has settled in a lot of people's minds. In a way, the multiple video demo tries to demonstrate that it does not have to be that way.

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