Linked by Andrew Hudson on Mon 20th Jun 2011 17:19 UTC
BeOS & Derivatives Haiku Alpha 3 has been in development for more than 14 months. In that time more than 800 bugs have been identified and fixed, major sections have been updated, applications have been added and updated, and great progress has been made in supporting additional hardware. Here is a summary of updates, more details can be found here. Also inside, interviews with some core Haiku developers.
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In my book, Hacks are good. Grand Designs are bad. Real Artists Ship. IMHO, there is a good reason why Linux and not Hurd or Minux took off like a rocket.

Haiku gets a break as it was an existing design with a real working example to compare it with.

You're spot on about everything except Minix. Minix didn't take off because Dr. Tanenbaum wouldn't let it take off. The first versions of Minix were purely for teaching purposes. Linux was created mainly because Linux had improvements to submit, but they were improvements that were out of scope with Minix's purpose. So, he created his own kernel based on what he considered good & bad in Minix (monolithic vs. ukernel, etc.). So, please don't throw Minix into that category.

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