Haiku is an open source operating system currently in development that specifically targets personal computing. Inspired by the Be Operating System, Haiku aims to become a fast, efficient, simple to use, easy to learn and yet very powerful system for computer users of all levels.
The Be Operating System introduced progressive concepts and technologies that we believe represent the ideal means to simple and efficient personal computing. Haiku is the realization of those concepts and technologies in the form of an operating system that is open source and free.
Here are some key features of "Haiku":
· Specific focus on personal computing
· Custom kernel designed for responsiveness
· Fully threaded design for great efficiency with multi-processor/core CPUs
· Rich OO API for faster development
· Database-like file system (BFS) with support for indexed metadata
· Unified, cohesive interface
What's New in This Release: [ read full changelog ]
· Bugs – Over 1000 bugs have been fixed since the alpha 3 release.
· Debugging – New native Debugger application. Ability to generate QR codes in KDL.
· File System – BFS is more robust. Improved NTFS support. Better Blu-ray Disc support.
· Hardware – Improved USB OHCI Drivers. Improved CPU identification.
· Localization – Improved translations. New keymap switcher application.
· Multimedia – New 10-band equalizer.
· Networking – Improved network card drivers. New pcnet driver. Early IPv6 support.
· OpenGL Kit – Mesa updated to 7.8.2 for gcc2, and 8.1.0-devel for gcc4.
· System – Improved virtual memory settings and swap file creation logic.
· Video – Support for most Radeon HD chips as well as Intel Extreme chipsets.
· Wireless – WPA/WPA2 support. Improved wireless card drivers.