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Submission + - Haiku Releases Second Alpha of BeOS Re-Creation (

NiteMair writes: The Haiku project announces their R1 / Alpha 2 release of the open source operating system inspired by BeOS. This new release highlights basic WiFi support (currently WEP while WPA/WPA2 is still missing) and a native WebKit-based browser called WebPositive. It also improves performance and stability across the board since the previous alpha release due to many optimizations, bugfixes, and enhancements. Haiku offers an interesting desktop platform for users who want a responsive and easy system to use, it's worth a glance if you haven't checked it out yet.

Submission + - Haiku Releases Official Alpha After 8 Years of Dev ( 2

NiteMair writes: "The Haiku project has finally released an official R1 alpha after 8 years of development. This marks a significant milestone for the project, and it also debuts the first official/publicly available LiveCD ISO image that can be easily booted and used to install Haiku on x86 hardware. Haiku is a desktop operating system inspired by BeOS after Be, Inc. closed its doors in 2001. The project has remained true to the BeOS philosophy while integrating modern hardware support and features along the way."

BeOS Successor Haiku Keeps the Faith 448

kokito writes "OSNews managing editor Thom Holwerda reviews Haiku, the open source successor of the Be operating system. According to the review, Haiku faithfully/successfully replicates the BeOS user experience and 'personality,' boasting very short boot times, the same recognizable but modernized GUI using antialiasing for fonts and all vector graphics as well as vector icons, a file system with support for metadata-based queries (OpenBFS) and support for the BeAPI, considered by some the cleanest programming API ever. The project has also recently released a native GCC 4.3.3 tool chain, clearing the way for bringing up-to-date ports of multi-platform apps such as Firefox and VLC, and making it easier to work on Haiku ports in general." (More below.)

Haiku Tech Talk at Google a Success 127

mikesum writes "February 13 was Haiku's big day at Google, and we can say with a good degree of confidence that the Haiku Tech Talk was quite successful. We had a very special guest for this event: former Be Inc. CEO Jean Louis Gassée, who not only joined us at Google for our presentation, but also gave a few words of support and encouragement for our project. It was great to have JLG's presence, as well as that of the several ex-Be engineers who showed up for the talk. We were also glad to see Java for BeOS developer Andrew Bachman join us for this special event. Have a look at the pictures taken during the presentation, as well as the video of the event."

Ars Technica on Zeta 1.0 128

Quantrell writes "Ars Technica has posted an extremely in-depth review of Zeta 1.0 (/. saw another shorter review a month ago, but this new one is worth a look by anyone into things Be). Looking at the state of the OS more closely, it looks like it has a long way to go, maybe too long. Also, the author (rightly, IMO) raises the issue of whether or not Zeta will see success in the face of open source projects like Haiku. Is there anything but a hobby going on here?"

WalterCon 2005 11

Masq666 writes "It's time for another WalterCon (Haiku developer conference), just as the last time it will be held in Las Vegas. For those of you not familiar with the Haiku project, Haiku is a Open Source derivate of BeOS. has a good collection of Haiku Screenshots for your viewing pleasure." From Michael Phipps's announcement of the gathering: "Like last year, the conference will be held over the weekend. This year, it will be held over the weekend of the fourth anniversary of OBOS/Haiku - August 6th and 7th. The cost is $110 for a double occupancy room on the night of the 6th along with conference registration."

Haiku's Window Manager 37

Professor Cool Linux writes "From IsComputerOn: Adi, over at DarkWyrm's page, has posted a progress status of Haiku's window manager, and the good news is that it's almost complete. They have, for example, support for normal, floating app/subset/all and model app/subset/all windows, as well as workspace support. All that's left are smaller things like not allowing windows to be moved or resized and focus follow mouse (among a few others) remain to be implemented still. But along with the status report, Adi was kind enough to post a plethora of screenshots, showing many examples of how the window manager is working. Full report and the screenshots."

HaikuOS Hits Kernel Milestone 18

Professor Cool Linux writes "HaikuOS kernel team has a working implementation of fork(), exec(), and waitpid(), as well as a TTY layer. 'Despite some minor issues (you still don't see what you type), we can now have a fully functional bash running on our kernel. A lot of other shell commands, even those using our own are working, as well.'Things are really moving."

Ten Years of BeOS 264

Tracker writes "BeOS was released to developers officially for the first time ten years ago. OSNews has a charming write-up about the BeOS, some interesting historical events since 1994, and a few anecdotes as well. Today, BeOS still lives on with projects like the freeware BeOS Max (built upon BeOS 5 PE), the open source re-implementation from scratch OpenBeOS and YellowTAB's commercial Zeta OS (based on unreleased and updated code of what would have been 'BeOS 6' if Be wasn't purchased by Palm in 2001)."

Interview with OpenBeOS Leader Michael Phipps 167

Gentu writes "Koki from the japanese site jpbe recently interviewed Michael Phipps, the project leader of OpenBeOS, the open source re-implementation of the BeOS. Read here for the english version of the interview where Michael is discussing the roots of the project, the current status, the roadmap, the choice of the MIT license, its relationship to YellowTAB's Zeta and the other efforts to resurrect BeOS, BeUnited and the Sun Java port and more."

OpenBFS Reaches Beta 37

Bruno G. Albuquerque writes "The OpenBFS Team (part of the OpenBeOS project that aims to recreate BeOS from scratch) has moved the project status to early beta. This means OpenBFS is now a 100% complete (but barely tested) replacement for the original Be File System (BFS). It is a 64 bit, multithreaded and journaled file system that supports unlimited number os extended attributes and has support some database-like functions (like ultra-fast searches based on an index). OpenBFS is written in C++ and is licensed under the MIT license."

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