Maybe with the recent reviews on Windows 8 consumer preview and its unpopularity with users maybe its time Haiku upped its ante? Time for 'the alternative' OS to shine?
I hope so! I've been using Linux for quite a while now and quite happy with the speed, but still would like to have Haiku as my main OS; only go to Windows when I absolutely have to which is so rare that I forget the login password. Recently ran BeOS Pro 5.03 on an old P3 500 MHz and was reminded once again of the magic. It's even better than the BeOS MAX Pe versions! Instant response, boot-up in seconds, etc. Unfortunately the browsers in BeOS are nearly useless with the modern websites' Java, Flash, etc. Can't wait for Haiku's first official release.
Hope so, BTW an "Easy Mode" would be interesting, IMHO.
...something like the LXDE's lxlauncher...
Soon Haiku will be able to take its place among the desktop market. I hope that a touch friendly interface can be created to give Haiku the tablet market as well.
Regarding the LXDE lxlauncher - It seems like something like this could be made without too much difficulty with YAB. I've been using the new 1.7 version hosted on haikuware.
I think (atleast for me) one of the problems with Haiku may be where it fits in. It's a great OS and I'm dying too find a real purpose for it. A question - Is there anyone here whom uses it daily? If so what reason? I myself could see it having specialized uses - such as a game box ( emulator or mame cabinet). Maybe some scientific research monitoring sensors etc...
I would use it daily if it was in a useable state. I used to use beos daily when that was up to date. For me the wifi/drivers not complete and very limited software prevents me from using it as a daily os
Most everything works for me. A somewhat compatible office suite is necessary. I'm getting ready to start experimenting with sqlite3 and seeing if I can use it as a small database in the lab where I'm employed.
Why use sqlite3? I thought BFS was a database.
It is. IIRC, you can build 'new' filetypes and create any number of file attributes. So in theory, if I take a photo of an object in the lab, I could create an attribute to that type to be a 'barcode#' and such. But basically I'm used to SQL and Python/C#. I do however, need to go through Jon Yoder's C++ tutorial and get familiar with native Haiku language.
I use haiku to serve several low traffic web sites, and use the BFS attributes instead of sql for things like posts and user log-in information, ( each user is a person file with several added attributes.)
www.fatelk.com -- uses Trackerbase
www.nwmacalendar.com --- uses Trackerbase and php
www.coquillemartialarts.com --- uses people files for student log-in and session information.
All served on Haiku.
It just works, and was easy to set-up.