It will not be Linux but it is open source, a recreation of what was the little known BeOS And that today comes up at a strong pace, we talk about Haiku OS that yesterday I had the opportunity to try.
As long as there is a weird operating system, there will be geeks who will try it and it occurred to me to try this operating system mainly because it is not really difficult to mount, so I did not test it in a virtual machine, but I put it directly on a USB.
Haiku OS is the heir to BeOS, an operating system from the nineties oriented towards multimedia and non-computing users in general. For years they were developing the system that was never very popular until Palm bought them and their few users were left without any support.
Since the beginning of the last decade, attempts have been made to recreate this operating system and today we have the first results of it.
- It uses the same type of microkernel from BeOS and is unique to Haiku.
- It is oriented to the desktop.
- It has a command line, it's called Terminal.
- Much of their software is free and even GNU.
- It is compatible with current programs such as the Firefox browser or the VLC.
- The installation of programs is simple, simply by extracting the ZIP somewhere, preferably in the folder destined for the programs, as they recommend themselves (I did not install anything)
- Currently it is possible to test it as a LiveCD or install it permanently
The result is a fast system that works fine even on a pendrive and starts up the first time without configuring anything. The result is brilliant and the best thing is that it is only an alpha version.
What I appreciated when starting the system was something very similar to this, look:
All this leads me to wonder if it really can be a competition for GNU / Linux, which is undoubtedly more advanced than Hurd himself.
If it develops more strongly, personally I would not hesitate to use it, have it on my pendrive and take advantage of it anywhere.
It's a danger?
The image illustrating this article is Haiku-tan by Vadim Bobkovsky