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[News] A Look at Haiku as a GNU/Linux Alternative

  • Subject: [News] A Look at Haiku as a GNU/Linux Alternative
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 03 Jul 2010 14:36:35 +0100
  • Followup-to: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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An OS for Personal Computing

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| GNU/Linux has lots of features for the 
| desktop and the server side. However, 
| there are problems with Linux-based 
| operating systems. Being a monolithic 
| kernel, people often find the system 
| becomes unresponsive when using a 
| GNU/Linux system. Another major problem, 
| especially for new users, is choosing 
| between various distributions. They end up 
| installing a distribution that has more 
| apps and services than they actually need 
| (or that their hardware can support) for 
| their day to day use, which also serves to 
| slow down their systems.
| This article introduces you to an 
| operating system called Haiku, which 
| serves as a good starting point for 
| aspiring students and those interested in 
| hacking on operating systems.



Haiku OS Hopes For New 3D Stack

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| Haiku OS, the nine year old project to develop
| an open-source BeOS-compatible operating
| system, is hoping it will receive a new OpenGL
| stack this year. The Haiku project, like
| X.Org, will be participating in this year's
| Google Summer of Code project where the search
| engine giant pays many student developers to
| work on code for various open-source projects.
| There's a long list of ideas for where Haiku
| OS could use some help, and one of them
| includes a hardware 3D acceleration stack.


Haiku alpha: Wow. Just wow.

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| For alpha release software, this is a very promising show. I
| like almost everything about this â the size of the
| installation, the desktop look, the clean way the system
| applications and desktop widgets handle themselves. If I can
| track down why the network was inaccessible I definitely plan
| on reinstalling it and giving it another whirl.


Hands-on: Haiku, the future of BeOS, is pure poetry

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| In the spirit of BeOS, Haiku's boot performance is very
| good. In my tests, I got from the startup splash screen
| to a fully usable desktop in roughly four seconds. This
| is one of Haiku's strengths relative to modern
| operating systems and it is the envy of prominent Linux
| distributions that are ambitiously aiming for similarly
| fast startup.


Haiku OS Beta 1: Simple Is Beautiful

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| Two things about Haiku stand in stark contrast to Linux. The first is
| the licensing -- it's far more liberally licensed than Linux, and so
| lends itself to being shaped and implemented in far broader ways. The
| other is how Haiku is developed -- as a total desktop stack, rather
| than a kernel plus userland tools plus windowing system plus window
| manager, etc., etc. It's already made a great deal of difference in
| terms of the way the whole thing feels and works. It embodies
| elegance, even if some of the individual windowing/UI metaphors are a
| bit aged and could use some slicking-up.


Haiku Project Announces Availability of Haiku R1/Alpha 1

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| This will help the Haiku development team identify and address bugs, and thus
| improve the quality of the system as development keeps advancing towards the
| subsequent development milestones. Bugs found in Alpha 1 should be reported to
| the Haiku bug tracking system at http://dev.haiku-os.org.

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