[OT] Haiku OS

Richard Gaskin ambassador at fourthworld.com
Wed Feb 28 10:44:23 EST 2018

Richmond Mathewson wrote:

 > https://www.haiku-os.org/
 > Does anyone know if Haiku OS;
 > 1. Shows any sign whatsoever of gaining any traction?

Slim to none.  Microsoft owns the desktop, Linux is the de-facto 
standard beyond the desktop, Apple owns the high-end of the market.

I see little room in that mix for another OS.

Everything changes, and it's likely that sooner or later a new OS will 
come along that'll wow us all.

But with all due respect to the great ideas in the project I don't think 
it'll be Haiku OS, mainly because it's a desktop-only OS in a 
multi-device world, with little in its underpinnings suggesting it can 
be easily adapted to new form factors.

 > 2. Is there any point of attempting to compile LiveCode for Haiku OS
 > (beyond a spare time project)?

In all honesty I can imagine few activities which could produce a lower ROI.

It might have been different.  Haiku OS is the open source fork of 
Jean-Louis Gassée's BeOS, at one time the front-runner when Apple was 
shopping for a replacement for what we now call Mac Classic.  But once 
Jobs' NeXT became a candidate, even at its much higher acquisition 
price, being a Unix meant a larger supporting ecosystem, a proven 
standard calming to developers and investors alike.

It's almost too bad, since BeOS has a lot of great ideas, all the way 
down to the metadata-rich file system, arguably well ahead of its time.

But history has spoken, and at this time I see little profit in 
deploying apps to Haiku OS.

That said, as a learning exercise studying Haiku OS can be very 
fruitful.  There really are some great ideas in there.

  Richard Gaskin
  Fourth World Systems
  Software Design and Development for the Desktop, Mobile, and the Web
  Ambassador at FourthWorld.com                http://www.FourthWorld.com

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