Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 9th Jan 2013 10:33 UTC, submitted by Straylight
BeOS & Derivatives Ars 'reviews' Haiku, and concludes that "at the end of the day, Haiku may not be much more than an interesting diversion, something to play with on a spare bit of hardware on a rainy afternoon just for a bit of fun. But even if it amounts to no more than that, Haiku is still worth checking out." The article is a bit scant on content, but it does give me the opportunity to link to my review of Haiku alpha 1 from 3 years ago. I try Haiku every now and then to see if that review needs an update, but it always amounts to 'it got a bit more stable' - which is fantastic, but not a reason to redo it.
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RE[3]: PowerPC Support
by henderson101 on Fri 11th Jan 2013 13:00 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: PowerPC Support"
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More: I guess it's safe to say that the focus Be had on the niche PPC platform ...greatly contributed to the downfall of BeOS, it was what killed that OS the first time around - when BeOS was finally ported to x86, it was basically too late.


Yes and no. The BeBox, had it succeeded, would have been a very nice platform. The hardware was lovely at the time. The standard ISA and PCI BUS was fantastic, it could use standard 72pin RAM, almost any graphics card that had a driver - PC or Mac... these things were great. PowerPC as a platform was also a good bet at the time. The real mistake was porting to Intel in the first place, because it ate up all of the available resources. The PC is a hungry beast and the Intel port was a never ending cycle of hardware issues and driver revision. Would we be here discussing BeOS, or even Haiku, had they not? Probably not. Make of that what you will. But the only hardware I still own that runs BeOS is PowerPC.

Directing efforts at new PPC port would be largely a repeat of past mistakes.


No, untrue. I think you missed my point - PowerPC Mac's are a dead end. If there was a viable PowerPC platform still in production, I'd be all for a PowerPC port. This is why the ARM port is so important.

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RE[4]: PowerPC Support
by zima on Mon 14th Jan 2013 19:45 in reply to "RE[3]: PowerPC Support"
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2005-07-06

The BeBox, had it succeeded, would have been a very nice platform. The hardware was lovely at the time. The standard ISA and PCI BUS was fantastic, it could use standard 72pin RAM, almost any graphics card that had a driver - PC or Mac... these things were great

So BeBox was just like a PC ...except using weird CPUs? ;) (could it be that my dual Pentium II 266 is a better BeBox than BeBox? ;) )

And while PowerPC perhaps seemed like a good bet at the time, we now know it really wasn't one... Pentium and Pentium Pro were probably good hints of things to come, potential viability of other platforms.

Apple CEO at the time thinks it was "probably one of the biggest mistakes I've ever made, not going to the Intel platform," ( http://www.macworld.co.uk/mac/news/?newsid=7045 ) and instead opting for PPC.

At least ARM seems really viable now ...oh well, we'll wait and see.

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