Tuesday, 25 November 2014

A poem for Device Atlas API ?

Hi folks,

Still on the "OS test" tour, I recently took a look on Haiku. Regarding Wikipedia, that originally means "a Japanese poem of seventeen syllables, in three lines of five, seven, and five, traditionally evoking images of the natural world" .... Sounds great ! more technically speaking, it is the direct descendant of BeOS, multimedia focused operating system which was quite advanced ... for its time (end of the nineties...). With an unbeatable boot time (less than 10 seconds in my VM ...) Haiku is the only remaining BeOS clone ... It is not an Unix-like (more something on it's own I'd say) but with a posix compatibility layer. Shipped originally with GCC 2.9 (the last time I dealt with this version was 13/14 years ago and as far as I remember it was quite buggy) so no chance at all to compile Device Atlas C++ APIs ! But it is also shipped with alternative GGC 4 as well, so once set with this one then once cmake and such are installed, everything is alright (ie Haiku has its own package manager with sufficient software/libraries to cover basic needs).

Like Minix 3, I would not use it as my daily OS, too much lacks of features I need but it pleases to many hackers who are interested by something different. It has interests on its own (one of the few OSes written in C++ ...), with a guenine "nineties" look, I wish great luck to the project to raise its expected funds and to be able to release it.

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