Two news items about alternative operating system news in a row? What is this, Christmas? In any case, the Haiku project, the darling of OSNews (hey it’s okay now), has released its second alpha release. This new stable development release contains some serious improvements over the first alpha.
‘Twas only eight months ago that we finally got to meet the first Haiku alpha release. She was a pleasure to work with, especially considering it was the project’s first actual release, and an alpha one at that. It was relatively stable, very light, and looked incredibly good (although that’s inherent to the BeOS).
The second alpha release is upon us today, and she comes packed with some very fine and welcome improvements, most notably the new WebKit multi-process browser and wireless networking support with WEP support. Oh, and bootloader installation!
In summation, these are the most important changes:
- WiFi support with WEP encryption introduced
- WebPositive – a native Webkit based browser
- New Locale Kit allows localization/translation
- Improved USB mass storage performance
- ACPI enabled by default
- Bash command-line shell updated to version 4.x
- Message Signal Interrupts (MSI)
- Increased POSIX compliance
- Increased performance
Go and grab it from the download page. Since I’m out of spare hard drives, I’ll need to order a new one specifically to test the new alpha release (no spare machines either). I’ll see if I can fit it into my budget so I can write a review – Haiku certainly deserves it.
Topical song? Garbage performing The Ramones’ “I just Wanna Have Something To Do”. Also a modern remake of something that was already really good.