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  • Haiku Release 1 Alpha 4 Is Now Available

    Phoronix: Haiku Release 1 Alpha 4 Is Now Available

    For those into the Haiku operating system, an open-source re-make of BeOS, the fourth alpha of its first release is now available. It's been nearly one and a half years since the Haiku Release 1 Alpha 3, so there's a lot of changes with this latest installment...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTIyNzI

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    Been playing with it for the last few hours in a VM. Funky OS.

    However it needs ALOT more work in order to be production ready. A better browser (port Firefox?), a better File manager, better mail app (port TB?) and so on. And the GUI needs to be refreshed. It looks like its from the 90s.

    But i believe all these will be fixed before the release.

    Nice work

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    • #3
      they have firefox
      Last edited by AJenbo; 11-12-2012, 02:47 PM.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by AJenbo View Post
        they have firefox
        I only found a reeeeeeeeeeeealy old version of it.

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        • #5
          Does it have a taskbar?

          Nice OS, I played with it all the time once in a while but wouldn't know how to do anything useful. Back in the 90's, when no one was so addicted to common DE's as today (with double click etc.), this was a real alternative.

          //edit: with 90's I mean ~1995-1998, how do you name the decade?

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          • #6
            I was looking to try something different recently so I gave Alpha 3 a spin. I think it's a beautiful piece of work but I felt it ultimately wasn't for me. I'm a Gentoo user who likes to tinker and it clearly wasn't designed with me in mind. I'm keeping an eye on it purely out of interest but I decided to revisit my Amiga roots and try AROS instead.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by 89c51 View Post
              However it needs ALOT more work in order to be production ready. A better browser (port Firefox?), a better File manager, better mail app (port TB?) and so on. And the GUI needs to be refreshed. It looks like its from the 90s.
              Yes I agree that the lack of a modern webbrowser is one of the really sore points as it's something that is the minimum new users expect. Webpositive has potential but it is currently much to featureless and also incompatible with lots of web services.

              Not sure what you mean by better filemanager though?

              As for the GUI, being a BEOS nostalgic I kind of like it but I guess that if I look at it objectively it's not exactly attractive by todays standards but I think it still wins some points on consistency and functionality.

              Anyway once the package management is done I think Haiku will be of much more use as a day to day OS, of course the webbrowser remains a problem that also need to be fixed (most likely by a port of Chrome and/or Firefox as I doubt the webpositive devs have a prayer of a chance to keep up with the rapid browser development of today).

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              • #8
                support for most Radeon HD GPUs
                so that means they use the old radeonhd driver?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by 89c51 View Post
                  I only found a reeeeeeeeeeeealy old version of it.
                  Yeah i think it might be somthing like 3.0, but that should still render most pages decently.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by beast View Post
                    so that means they use the old radeonhd driver?
                    I don't think haiku has any working 3d (HW that is) as of yet. There was a bounty about Gallium 3D but i think its still WIP.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by disi View Post
                      //edit: with 90's I mean ~1995-1998, how do you name the decade?
                      Doom(tm) generation.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by 89c51 View Post
                        I don't think haiku has any working 3d (HW that is) as of yet. There was a bounty about Gallium 3D but i think its still WIP.
                        Yup... I'm still working on it. Took a break to coordinate the R1A4 release.

                        At the moment I'm focusing on llvmpipe to transition from the Mesa style drivers (cough, swrast) to the Gallium style drivers.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by kallisti5 View Post
                          Yup... I'm still working on it. Took a break to coordinate the R1A4 release.

                          At the moment I'm focusing on llvmpipe to transition from the Mesa style drivers (cough, swrast) to the Gallium style drivers.
                          Good to hear. BTW the a4.1 is far more stable in my VM. Nice work and thanks. A4 didn't boot on every try. Also is it possible to make the the vmdk have a little more extra space. For apps (caya bezilla) and stuff.

                          I believe the next release (beta??) with the package management (app center?) and 64 bit support will be much better.

                          Haiku is a nice OS but needs a lot more work. And a few modern apps.

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