Haiku is one of those projects that sounds so niche that you just assume it would die the untold death of a million abandoned projects. But the plucky little open-source OS recently released a beta in September. For some context, the last alpha release come out in 2012.
The beta has some pretty significant updates to general usability. Perhaps the biggest is the inclusion of package management. There are now robust CLI tools, a graphical HaikuDepot that looks, from a usability perspective, to be on par with many Linux distributions, and an interesting concept called States. States lets you boot into previous versions of the OS, although I believe this is limited to package state, not stored data like a ZFS snapshot.
There’s also some cool file browser tabbing and snap tools, which is surprising to see on a beta open-source OS like this. And there’s a modern web browser included, which opens to doors to this actually being usable as a daily drive. But the big thing is how much of BeOS seems to still be around. Traditional BeOS search and Attributes systems are still around, as well as some direct UI elements from the venerable OS.
I’ve been digging into some reviews on the new beta, and it seems like quite a bit of shine has been added to Haiku in the release. I mean, after six years, it better.
If you’re interested in more of a deep dive into their labor of love project, here are some interesting reviews and deep dives:
- Leaving the Ecuador Open | Gestalt IT Rundown, September 18, 2019 - September 18, 2019
- Don’t Hate, Regulate | Gestalt IT Rundown: September 11, 2019 - September 11, 2019
- The Cloud Should Adapt to the Enterprise – The On-Premise IT Roundtable - September 10, 2019
- Commvault Buys Hedvig | Gestalt IT Rundown: September 4, 2019 - September 4, 2019
- Redesigning is Useless in Wireless – The On-Premise IT Roundtable - August 27, 2019
- Of Chips and Acquisitions | Gestalt IT Rundown: August 21, 2019 - August 21, 2019
- Kubernetes Is Evolving Into an Enterprise-Friendly Platform, but Challenges Remain - August 16, 2019
- Going Independent - August 15, 2019
- AMD Wasn’t Built In A Day | Gestalt IT Rundown: August 14, 2019 - August 14, 2019
- SaaS Backup Isn’t My Problem – The On-Premise IT Roundtable - August 13, 2019