Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 18th Dec 2016 19:34 UTC
BeOS & Derivatives

As some may have noticed, my UEFI branch got merged in November, purely by accident too! However, until now, we still haven't been able to boot to the desktop. Whilst still in development, the addition of a simple framebuffer driver and a crucial fix by Henry has enabled Haiku to now boot all the way to the desktop using QEMU.

In today's world, an important milestone.

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Haiku
by marianne on Sun 18th Dec 2016 23:04 UTC
marianne
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2013-11-19

I adore Haiku. I mean, it's got less app support, it's less feature rich than the UNIX based/inspired operating systems I use on a daily basis, but there's just something about it. An exciting sense of joy and wonder that I haven't felt since I was a teenage girl playing around with my first (terrible) Linux distro, Mandrake, of something new and different.

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RE: Haiku
by p13. on Mon 19th Dec 2016 09:17 in reply to "Haiku"
p13. Member since:
2005-07-10

I ran BeOS fulltime in the R5 PE days.
Back then, there was still a good ecosystem around it.
You could find the software needed to do almost anything on bebits.
It really was a great OS. I miss using it ... a lot.

Haiku is really good as well.
I've used it natively on a netbook, and it recognized all the hardware. Even the wifi! I was very impressed with that. It also ran quite fast on this machine, despite it being a netbook.
But the ecosystem is just gone ...
Maybe there will be enough interest again some day to have some devs work on useful applications again ... who knows.

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RE[2]: Haiku
by Morgan on Mon 19th Dec 2016 16:20 in reply to "RE: Haiku"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

It still blows my mind that BeOS 5.0 Pro runs faster on the two P-III systems I have (Dell tower and laptop) than Windows 10 and Linux on my fairly modern by comparison Core 2 Quad workstation. Granted, there are almost no modern apps for BeOS, but Haiku is just as fast as BeOS, and has potential for a great app ecosystem.

Beyond that, BeOS/Haiku still have what I consider to be the best UI of any OS. Elementary OS' Pantheon, as great as it is, isn't quite there for me yet.

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RE[2]: Haiku
by marianne on Mon 19th Dec 2016 17:39 in reply to "RE: Haiku"
marianne Member since:
2013-11-19

BeOS was also one of the OSes I played around with as a teen ;) Probably why I have a lot of nostalgic love for the system. I even considered buying a second hand BeBox in my early 20s when I was collecting a few of the more obscure retro systems. Never managed, but oh well, still have my lovely RiscPC! RISC OS being something I was exposed to as a little girl in school, what with every British school getting those computers, and also an OS I have a great fondness for. Not quite as great as my fondness for BeOS/Haiku though, despite more exposure at a younger age. I almost feel a filthy traitor for saying that, as it was Acorn Computers' amazing BBC BASIC that taught me programming... Sophie Wilson did an amazing job creating that language. Wow, I'm getting so off-topic with all these nostalgia tangents...

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