Haïku is an open source clone of the BeOS operating system. Remember … BeOS is an operating system developed by the American company Be Inc., founded in 1991 by the French Jean-Louis Gassée, a former manager of Apple. Initially designed for a specific computer, the BeBox, it was first adapted to the Macintosh, then to the PC in 1998.
But BeOS, which was ahead of its time, multitasking, multiprocessing and with a 64-bit journaling file system, was not successful. Be Inc was acquired by Palm in 2001. That same year, developers announced their intention to provide an open source alternative to BeOS: OpenBeOS.
The first beta of Haiku was released in 2018. It must be said that the task is colossal and the number of developers limited. In the middle of the week, Haïku celebrated his 20th birthday, and in the wake of the release of a beta 3 🙂
Improvements in this version include:
Better installation process, with various fixes for Disk Partitioner (DriveSetup GUI) to make the process easier and smoother Improved hardware drivers, with focus on: Wi-Fi networking improvements to match FreeBSD 13 audio drivers, mass storage, USB performance on NVIDIA graphics cards (GeForce 6200-GeForce Go 6400). Significantly improved stability and WebPositive compatibility. Software updates can now be resumed in the event of network issues. new and updated various software including deprecating Python 2 and installing Python 3 as the default version Better POSIX compatibility Numerous bugfixes.
The porting of Webkit to the base of the Haiku browser has also received major improvements
The OS is available in 32 and 64 bits on an x86 processor. It requires a minimum of 256 MB of RAM, 3 GB of disk (32 bits). The archive weighs around 1GB. It will be necessary to burn a DVD or a USB key.