Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 27th Apr 2012 22:00 UTC, submitted by koki
BeOS & Derivatives "Ultimately, Haiku represents a different way of viewing your personal computer. If you think that software shouldn't be riddled with bugs and incompatibilities and inefficiencies, if you hate being forced to swap out your hardware and software every few years because 'upgrades' have rendered them obsolete, and if you find that the idea of using an operating system that's fast, responsive, and simple is refreshingly novel and appealing, then maybe, just maybe, Haiku is for you." What fascinates me the most is that Haiku's not working on a tablet version. How delightfully quaint.
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Wallowing in Nostalgia
by phoehne on Sun 29th Apr 2012 03:45 UTC
phoehne
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2006-08-26

I'm glad to see the Haiku folks getting recognition in a mag like IEEE Spectrum. To know the BeOS is to love the BeOS. I only recently got rid of my red, white and blue BeOS books recently. Every once in a while, rummaging through old CD's, I find the MetroWerks and BeOS 4 CD's. Compared to programming Windows GUI's, or Mac OS toolbox, the BeOS was surprisingly programmer friendly and elegant. On a 200 Mhz Pentium Pro, I could get multiple video streams running at the same time, a feat that the same hardware could not do booting into Windows NT. I could run multiple Open GL windows, smoothly animating spinning teapots when Windows was choking on two GL windows. Anything involving media was psychotically fast on the same hardware that was made for a mediocre windows experience.

I have yet to find another O/S with that level of grokability and elegance.

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