Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 10th May 2014 20:12 UTC, submitted by Premislaus
BeOS & Derivatives

My area of interest is broadly defined kernel development. In the spring of 2013 I implemented ASLR and DEP which caused minor confusion due to "activation" of bugs that have been hidden but I think that overall it worked out well for Haiku. Later I tinkered a bit with RTM (Restricted Transactional Memory), new extension introduced in Haswells but the code will need a lot of work before it will become usable. From October to mid-January, I was employed by Haiku, Inc. to work on the scheduler and adaptating Haiku for work on systems with more than one logical processor. Among other things, I got rid of the 8 processors limit, which was quite firmly rooted in the ABI inherited from BeOS.

Great interview with a low-level Haiku developer.

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RE[2]: Because they want to.
by mbpark on Mon 12th May 2014 21:38 UTC in reply to "RE: Because they want to."
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Which was exactly what we did not see. We saw ad hominem attacks by someone who chose to insult people.

Technical criticism is one thing, esp. in the public domain. Outright slagging someone is another.

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RE[3]: Because they want to.
by jockm on Tue 13th May 2014 02:54 in reply to "RE[2]: Because they want to."
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You are going to have to point me to it, because I don't see any ad hominem. It is possible I missed it, but as I say you are going to have to point it out.

I do see a lot of criticism, but none of it was personal (from what I can see); it was about the approach taken by Haiku.

As a side note, I have seen lots of attempts to clone existing operating systems: Windows, BeOS, VMS, OS/2, PalmOS, etc and none of them have gotten that far. Trying to maintain compatibility with an existing OS (and especially binary compatibility) is just an uphill battle.

Linux did so well because Posix is well documented, and other parties supplied the userland, windowing system, et al. AROS/MophOS is the closest to a success story I can think of.

But more power to the Haiku guys, I think they need to get to R1 this year in order to remain relevant. I would love to see them succeed, I just am not holding out a lot of hope.

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RE[4]: Because they want to.
by zima on Thu 15th May 2014 14:40 in reply to "RE[3]: Because they want to."
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What does "succeed" mean for Haiku in your eyes?

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RE[3]: Because they want to.
by tylerdurden on Tue 13th May 2014 19:42 in reply to "RE[2]: Because they want to."
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I don't mean to be confrontational, but if Ad Hominem arguments are a no no in you opinion, why are you using one yourself?

(Not that I'm agreeing or defending the poster I assume you're referring to).

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