Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 30th Jul 2015 22:23 UTC
BeOS & Derivatives

Hello, it has been some time since my last article, in the meantime I continued to improve things out and since I changed some important parts of the media_kit, I think it's correct to notify the community about new and 'old' features added recently. This is an article mostly written for application developers, but I tried to explain the improvements made with simple words so I hope it will be interesting to anyone.

Of all the alternative operating systems from the golden days (2000-2005 or so), Haiku is one of the very few - possibly the only one - still going strong. And by "going strong" I mean seeing a ton of development seemingly without seeing a sort of definitive release. They're trying to reach zero by endlessly dividing by 2, it seems, getting ever so much closer to zero without actually getting there.

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Package Manager is Good
by AndrewZ on Fri 31st Jul 2015 18:01 UTC
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The Package Manager is a very good and needed addition to Haiku and now is the time it is needed most. How many Libs are there in Haiku? Lots. Every time a lib is updated it creates a potential conflict with Haiku and with an App. Did you ever try to install an App only to find out you are missing several libs? So you went to haikuware (gone now) and downloaded Maxlib, with dozens and dozens of libs? And then found out most of those libs were out of date?

This is the problem that Package Manager solves. And you know what else it solves? It solves libs and apps for different platforms. Such as PPC, ARM, and X86-64.

Waddlesplash has a contract to write the server back end that handles the packages. He is working on this now. This is a big part of what is left to finish Haiku Beta 1.

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RE: Package Manager is Good
by Txie on Fri 31st Jul 2015 18:07 in reply to "Package Manager is Good"
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waddlesplash is also the guy who keeps breaking things, like bfs corruption bugs.

Anyway, your "almost done" projection sounds exactly like something you'd write 8-9 years ago about Haiku.

What a joke.

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RE: Package Manager is Good
by Bobthearch on Fri 31st Jul 2015 22:04 in reply to "Package Manager is Good"
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... Did you ever try to install an App only to find out you are missing several libs? ...

No, I don't recall that with BeOS.
In fact it reminds me more of past Linux experiences than BeOS.

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RE[2]: Package Manager is Good
by judgen on Tue 4th Aug 2015 13:17 in reply to "RE: Package Manager is Good"
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Everyone i have ever known using BeOS either had their own library archive they installed after main install OR they downloaded the excellent LibPak from bebits.
As long as he kept the pack up to date, everyone essentially had access to the same libraries and all was swell.

Beyond that, there never was dependency problems on BeOS, most applications was contained in the Zipfile that you unpacked unto /boot/apps .

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