Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

Haiku OS Beta 1: Simple Is Beautiful

Filed under
OS

After years of quiet but steady development, Haiku OS finally has its first beta. Here comes a new competitor for the desktop -- not just with Windows or OS X, but Linux,too.

The Haiku Project rose from the ashes of the widely-admired but commercially-unsuccessful BeOS. There was a lot to admire: it was clean, lean, ran fast, had great programmer friendliness and had been written from the perspective of end-user access. And then it died, and what seemed like a great project came to very little indeed. Years later, the original BeOS APIs were reincarnated in the Haiku Project -- but as a starting point for something with potentially greater reach.

I've been following Haiku's progress on and off for a couple of years now. It's still very limited in terms of hardware support, applications, etc., but the pace of development is starting to pick up. Both the OS itself and the apps for it:

rest here




Haiku giving life back to BeOS

ghacks.net: If you’ve been around long enough you will probably remember the Be operating system. Be began life in 1991 by Be Inc as an operating system for BeBox hardware. There was a lot of excitement about this operating system as it was going to be the be all end all OS for multimedia. The operating system was written specifically for multimedia and promised it would have features to to take advantage of modern hardware like no other operating system could. Unfortunately this project fell through and Be was purchased by Palm. Since then Be had little interest, save for a few enthusiasts.

But it looks like those enthusiasts have given life to Be in the form of Haiku. The Haiku OS has been releases as an alpha and is installable on x86 hardware. It is an open source project and, from the looks of it, has a lot of promise. I have installed the alpha and have worked only briefly with the desktop. From what I have seen it has promise. It’s far from ready for public consumption, but if developed correctly, could be something special.

The Haiku projects’ aim is to create an operating system focused specifically on personal computing with features like:

* Custom kernel designed for responsiveness.
* Fully threaded for multi-core CPUs.
* Database-like file system.

Rest Here

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.

More in Tux Machines

Games for GNU/Linux

LinuxCon and Linux at 25

GNOME News

  • Wayland ♡ drawing tablets
    So this is finally happening. The result of much work all through the stack from several dedicated individuals (You know who you are!) started lining up during the past few months and now is hitting master. Early in the cycle I blogged about stylus support being merged, based on the first version of the tablet protocols. Now I have the pleasure to declare GTK+ tablet support on Wayland feature complete.
  • GNOME/GTK Support For Drawing Tablets On Wayland Is Feature Complete
    In time for next month's GNOME 3.22 release, the drawing tablet support for GNOME on Wayland is getting into shape. GNOME developer Carlos Garnacho wrote today how it's "finally happening" that good support for drawing tablets when running GNOME on Wayland is becoming a reality. Carlos declares that the GTK+ tablet support on Wayland is considered feature complete.
  • Mutter Window Manager Updated for GNOME 3.22 with Virtual Input Device Support
    GNOME Project's Florian Müllner announced the release of the Beta build of the upcoming Mutter window and compositing manager for the GNOME 3.22 desktop environment. As reported by us earlier today, the GNOME 3.22 desktop environment entered Beta stages of development, which means that most of its core components and applications have been updated to this Beta release, including Mutter, which is in charge of displaying and managing your GNOME desktop via OpenGL (accelerated 3D graphics).

KDE Leftovers

  • KDE Plasma 5.7.4 Released
    KDE Plasma 5.7.4 fixes dragging items in Kickoff, mouse settings now apply to applications using kdelibs4, and there is improved handling of CRTC screen information. There are also a number of KWin fixes (including one Wayland fix), Plasma desktop tweaks, and more.
  • QtCon Keynote: Software as a Public Service
    QtCon is happy to welcome Julia Reda, the closing keynote speaker. Member of the European Parliament for the Pirate Party and Vice-Chair of the Greens/European Free Alliance. Reda's legislative focus is on copyright and internet policy issues. As a member of the European Parliament and together with Max Andersson, Julia Reda initiated the pilot project “Governance and quality of software code – Auditing of free and open source software” in 2014 as a reaction to the so-called “heartbleed” bug in OpenSSL. The idea turned into the pilot-project "Free and Open Source Software Auditing“ (FOSSA) that is aiming at improving the security of those Free Software programs that are in use by the European Commission and the Parliament.
  • KScreen-Doctor Will Help KDE Developers Improve Multi-Screen Plasma
    Also helping KDE developers in their multi-screen efforts is a centralized activity log in KScreen with Plasma 5.8 and the ability to easily create virtual screens in Wayland for reproducing issues without real hardware.
  • Multisceen in Plasma: Improved tools and debugging
    Plasma 5.8 will be our first long-term supported release in the Plasma 5 series. We want to make this a release as polished and stable as possible. One area we weren’t quite happy with was our multi-screen user experience. While it works quite well for most of our users, there were a number of problems which made our multi-screen support sub-par. Let’s take a step back to define what we’re talking about.