Quiet, quiet crawl, Haiku, down the slope of Fuji

    For about 5 years, I probably periodically follow the development of events. And, in truth, he never believed to the end that developers would at least bring something to mind one day. 8 years of development is a considerable period, of course. For 8 years, the same Linux from a purely geek OS has grown into a serious colossus of the enterprise level and quality. And Haiku spent all this time copying the main BeOS functionality of the 2001 level. But I will not blame anyone for the lethargy of the work, I have no moral right to do so.

    I suspect that even many IT specialists are off topic. Therefore, I will briefly explain what I mean, at the same time I will do a small review.

    Once upon a time there was a BeOS operating system (not to be confused with the BIOS). Her story is so fascinating and complex that in a nutshell can not be described. I’d better leave you a link at the end of the article for your reference.

    Lyrical digression. Somewhere in 2003, I installed BeOS on my home computer as the main system, where it successfully worked for about six months. At first it was not eccentricity, but a necessity. Either there were problems with the screw, or with the RAM, but Windows decisively hung at startup, Linux screamed that it had kernel panic. I already knew about BeOS from some IT magazine, and on the attached disk it was a bonus. I decided to put it. Once decided - set. I launched it. I was surprised that it works. And before buying a new computer, I could listen to music, watch movies, read books, communicate in IRC ... that is, I could do everything that was required of the computer in principle.

    So Haiku is an open source version of BeOS. Apparently the fans waved the sales of their favorite product so much that they decided to protect themselves and the future of the OS by simply writing it from scratch and opening the source. This is fashionable now. And since no one ever opened the source code of the original system (patents and licenses, their mother), one can only imagine how hellish the work of developing an open clone of the system was, having only the API described.

    Haiku is not just another Linux distribution or Windows build, or even a MacOS clone. This is an individual, self-contained system, POSIX-incompatible, which is typical. The main difference from the same Linux is that the graphical interface is inseparable from the kernel. In this regard, it is similar to the approach of Windows and MacOS. This ensures the integrity of the system, the presence of a single, well-thought-out GUI and does not allow the developers to squander the power to write another bike (forgive me, Linux). The advantages can also include:
    • logical and well-documented API (software developers will appreciate);
    • 64-bit high-performance file system OpenBFS, which is excellent in working with large amounts of data (video, for example);
    • microkernel (plus in itself).

    The developers still managed not to lose binary compatibility along the way with the original BeOS. Therefore, it cannot be said that there is no software for the system. There is. And in sufficient quantity. It's just that he's morally obsolete, and no one is rushing to write a new one. The fate of this “bee system” is too complicated, investors are already scared, and altruistic programmers also want to eat.

    On September 14, 2009, the first official release of the Haiku operating system for developers (Haiku R1 / Alpha 1, the so-called) was released. Of course, no one expected much from the first "alpha". Most likely, its release was morally needed by the system developers themselves, and it’s already possible to publicize at exhibitions. Oddly enough, Haiku in the work proved to be on the good side, honestly sticking out all its advantages and skillfully hiding the flaws. Not even a glitch in a few hours of studying the system. The developers themselves admit that at the moment far from everything is rosy: there is still no normal support for wi-fi (it will appear soon, however), there is no application manager, there are no drivers for printers and not only that. But in any case, the work done is a matter of respect. Further plans too. By the way, judging byrumored , the second alpha version of Haiku will be released on May 10th. I already thought that again 8 years will have to wait, but no, the ice has broken.

    In action:

    Well, a little promo for seed:

    Maybe I'm wrong, but the system just asks for optimization for netbooks. There she will be comfortable. Fast, stable, initially multimedia - that is what the doctor ordered. This will at least give the necessary financial injections, which the Haiku community is so lacking now. And there, that look, and will reach the desktop ...

    In general - what to say? Download this engineering marvel and see for yourself.

    I recommend everyone to familiarize yourself with:
    1. Broken, but not surrendered: the history of the BeOS operating system - part 1 and part 2 .
    2. GeekOS. The history of BeOS and Haiku.

    Here you can download Haiku as an ISO image , VMWare image and RAW image (torrents).

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