Sunday, December 30, 2007

The spirit of BeOS lives on in Haiku - SendMeRSS

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HaikuThe last time we covered BeOS was two years ago, with this optimistic post. Since then however, YellowTab has gone down in flames and scandal, and the last hope for commercial BeOS is dead.

Meanwhile, in the land of Open Source, something big is happening. After six years of development, the Haiku team is nearing completion of a completely free and open implementation of BeOS.

We downloaded a pre-built image of the fledgling OS from the Haiku build factory, and took it for a spin. Imagine our surprise when we were able to run native BeOS applications, straight from the BeOS R5 install disk! Not only that, the system boots about as fast as R5, and is nearly as "snappy" and responsive.

Why another alternative OS? Nostalgia definitely plays a big part. BeOS still has a thriving community of users, thanks to its quick boot time and appealing interface. With more and more daily tasks moving onto the Internet, any OS that can run Firefox is a good os. Haiku may never replace Linux as the open source OS for the masses, but its developers and users can surely try, and that's the beauty of it.

Despite all odds, and contrary to naysayers, Haiku is almost done. Within the next year or so, BeOS will be reborn, unhindered by patents, uninhibited by failing startup companies. Try it for yourself, and taste the future. (Warning, "future" may taste surprisingly like "past")
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