Linked by Razvan T. Coloja on Mon 3rd Jan 2011 23:30 UTC
BeOS & Derivatives To understand what the BeOS and Haiku operating systems are, we first must remember that BeOS was developed with the multimedia user in mind. BeOS wanted to be what OS X has become today: an easy to use, attractive operating system. However, BeOS was a niche OS, destined for the media-hungry user. The percentage of audio and video applications available for Haiku is greater than the one in Linux, OS X or Windows, and the inner workings of the operating system were created in such a way, that the same multimedia passionate would find it easy to work with the user interface and files. Each application can interfere with other applications of its kind. A WAVE file selection can be dragged from a sound editor and onto the desktop, to create an audio file. Audio applications can interfere with each other via the Haiku Media Kit -- the corespondent of a Linux sound server. Applications like Cortex are a perfect example of how BeOS and Haiku deal with multimedia files: you can have more than one soundcard and use each one of those soundcards independently or separately. You can link one soundcard to the Audio Mixer, start a drum machine application and link that software to the Audio Mixer. If you want to output whatever you create with the audio application, all you have to do is drag the microphone and link it to the application's icon in Cortex.
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nice article, but....
by poundsmack on Tue 4th Jan 2011 00:18 UTC
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2005-07-13

1 thing that bugged me was this: "It stands apart from other projects like AtheOS, Syllable, QNX RTOS or MenuetOS because of it’s long history..."

QNX pre dates BeOS, by over 9 years... ;)

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RE: nice article, but....
by darkwyrm on Tue 4th Jan 2011 00:50 in reply to "nice article, but...."
darkwyrm Member since:
2006-03-15

I'd agree. It's a nice article and the writer has obviously put in a significant amount of time on it, but there are some definite technical errors.

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RE: nice article, but....
by Vinegar Joe on Tue 4th Jan 2011 01:03 in reply to "nice article, but...."
Vinegar Joe Member since:
2006-08-16

1 thing that bugged me was this: "It stands apart from other projects like AtheOS, Syllable, QNX RTOS or MenuetOS because of it’s long history..."

QNX pre dates BeOS, by over 9 years... ;)


QNX RTP was released in 2000. As I recall, the name was changed to QNX RTOS and released in 2001.

Edited 2011-01-04 01:09 UTC

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RE[2]: nice article, but....
by tylerdurden on Tue 4th Jan 2011 02:09 in reply to "RE: nice article, but...."
tylerdurden Member since:
2009-03-17

The first release of QNX was in 1982. BeOS wasn't usable until the late 90s.So technically QNX predates BeOS for over a decade.

Edited 2011-01-04 02:10 UTC

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RE[2]: nice article, but....
by mabhatter on Tue 4th Jan 2011 08:00 in reply to "RE: nice article, but...."
mabhatter Member since:
2005-07-17

QNX isn't "free" anymore. It is a professional real time system (think ATM machines, Robots, assembly line monitoring, etc), something BeOS never claimed to. Even Linux only supports true RTOS as a custom Kernel because it's HARD.

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RE: nice article, but....
by Vanders on Tue 4th Jan 2011 09:35 in reply to "nice article, but...."
Vanders Member since:
2005-07-06

Likewise AtheOS (& by extension Syllable) pre-date Haiku by several years. Haiku have certainly done more in a shorter time, though.

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