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:
- VARs are Useless – The On-Premise IT Roundtable - June 25, 2019
- The Raspberry Pi 4: Adding the Missing Piece - June 24, 2019
- Nvidia Arms Itself | Gestalt IT Rundown: June 19, 2019 - June 19, 2019
- Intel Caught Barefoot | Gestalt IT Rundown: June 12, 2019 - June 12, 2019
- IoT Is Making Society Less Secure – The On-Premise IT Roundtable - June 11, 2019
- Azure and Oracle Connect | Gestalt IT Rundown: June 5, 2019 - June 5, 2019
- Bad Week To Be A Standards Body | Gestalt IT Rundown: May 29, 2019 - May 29, 2019
- Multi-Cloud Is A Fad – The On-Premise IT Roundtable - May 28, 2019
- Dropping the Hammer on Huawei | Gestalt IT Rundown: May 22, 2019 - May 22, 2019
- Gestalt News for the Week of May 20, 2019 - May 20, 2019