Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 22nd Aug 2013 21:00 UTC
BeOS & Derivatives

Although I have been a lazy blogger lately we haven't been lazy working on our remaining tasks at all. So, unsurprisingly, since my previous post we have reached and passed a few nice milestones. The latest one is that we're finally able to build the gcc2/gcc4 hybrid Haiku images again, including all the software needed for the official release.

While that in itself isn't a particularly impressive feat - after all we were already able to build the complete gcc 2 part before - the interesting aspect is how we are doing it.

Interesting progress for Haiku.

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RE[3]: Focus
by drcouzelis on Thu 22nd Aug 2013 23:20 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Focus"
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Why bother to update it if there's nothing to run on it?

I don't think that's being fair to what's been done so far:

Play videos (any format), play music (any format), bit torrent downloads, download YouTube videos, a nice (but not HTML5 complete) web browser, email, instant messaging, image editing, audio editing, gcc / Bash / git / Vim / Python / autotools / IDE...

And those are all native applications, not including Qt ports.

EDIT: Flash drive support, WiFi, Java (!!), screensavers (I made one) ;) , web server...

Edited 2013-08-22 23:22 UTC

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RE[4]: Focus
by ferrels on Fri 23rd Aug 2013 01:36 in reply to "RE[3]: Focus"
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That's true and I don't want to downplay all the hard work and the quality of the native apps included in Haiku but it just doesn't offer anything that cannot be found elsewhere. I'm not saying the Haiku needs a "killer app" to be successful either. I'm just saying that there's no compelling need to even try it if I can't do more than surf the web and play MP3s and videos. Heck 99% of the human race can do that on their cell phones. And I refuse to use Google Docs or other cloud-based services because I just don't trust them or my govt. with my privacy. (I'm a US citizen btw).

I agree that porting QT, wxwidgets or even FLTK would be a huge leap for Haiku. I think we'd see a flood of apps on Haiku if this happened.

Edited 2013-08-23 01:38 UTC

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RE[5]: Focus
by drcouzelis on Fri 23rd Aug 2013 02:07 in reply to "RE[4]: Focus"
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it just doesn't offer anything that cannot be found elsewhere.

Sure it does. It's a free and open source operating system with the design philosophy of Mac OS X: Built together from the kernel to the GUI by the same unified development team, easy to use, 100% GUI driven NO command line necessary, easy to install and configure, unified look between applications.

On top of that it has a unique method of handling threads that prevents the user from EVER losing control (there is no concept of an hourglass icon or spinning beachball in Haiku).

Blah blah blah on and on I ramble. I'm sorry, my Haiku-fanboyism is really showing. ;)

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