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Haiku is an open-source operating system, currently in development, that specifically targets personal computing. Inspired by the Be Operating System (BeOS), 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 key highlights that distinguish Haiku from other operating systems include: specific focus on personal computing, custom kernel designed for responsiveness, fully threaded design for great efficiency with multi-processor/core CPUs, rich object-oriented API for faster development, database-like file system (BFS) with support for indexed metadata, and unified, cohesive interface.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 181 (45), 6 months: 181 (46), 3 months: 167 (44), 4 weeks: 149 (43), 1 week: 162 (40)

Average visitor rating: 8.25/10 from 4 review(s).

Haiku Summary
Distribution Haiku
Home Page http://haiku-os.org/
Mailing Lists http://haiku-os.org/community/ml
User Forums http://haiku-os.org/forum
Alternative User Forums
Documentation http://haiku-os.org/documents
Screenshots http://haiku-os.org/gallery?albumid=5167080228181734945
Download Mirrors http://haiku-os.org/get-haiku
Bug Tracker http://dev.haiku-os.org/wiki
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 2012-11-13: Development Release: Haiku 1 Alpha 4
 • More Haiku releases...

 •2017-05-10 Haiku's Summer of Code projects
 •2017-05-01 Haiku's improvements
 •2017-02-28 Haiku monthly update
 •2016-11-30 Haiku getting EFI support
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Feature R1-alpha4
Release Date 2012-11-12
End Of Life  
Price (US$) Free
Image Size (MB) 244-244
Free Download ISO
Installation Graphical
Default Desktop Haiku
Package Management ZIP
Release Model Fixed
Office Suite --
Processor Architecture i586
Init Software other
Journaled File Systems BFS
Multilingual Yes
Asian Language Support ja, zh_CN
Full Package List  
Package R1-alpha4
abiword (3.0.2) --
alsa-lib (1.1.6) --
ati-driver (16.40) --
bash (4.4.18) 4.0
bind (9.12.1) --
chromium (66.0.3359.181) --
cups (2.2.7) --
dhcp (4.4.1) --
e2fsprogs (1.44.2) --
firefox (60.0.1) --
freetype (2.9.1) --
gcc (8.1.0) 2.95.3
gimp (2.10.2) --
glibc (2.27) --
gnome-shell (3.28.2) --
gnucash (3.1-1) --
gnumeric (1.12.41) --
grub (2.02) --
gtk+ (3.22.30) --
httpd (2.4.33) --
inkscape (0.92.3) --
k3b (18.04.1) --
kmod (25) --
krita (4.0.3)  
libreoffice (6.0.4) --
linux (4.16.10) --
Package R1-alpha4
lxpanel (0.9.3) --
mariadb (10.2.15) --
mate-desktop (1.20.1) --
mesa (18.1.0) --
mysql (8.0.11) --
nautilus (3.28.1) --
NVIDIA (390.48) --
openbox (3.6.1) --
openjdk (10.0.1) --
openssh (7.7p1) 6.0p1
openssl (1.1.0h) 1.0.0j
perl (5.26.2) 5.10.1
php (7.2.5) --
plasma-desktop (5.12.5) --
postfix (3.3.1) --
postgresql (10.4) --
Python (3.6.5) 2.6.8
qt (5.10.1) --
samba (4.8.2) --
systemd (238) --
thunderbird (52.8.0) --
vim (8.1) --
vlc (3.0.2) --
xfdesktop (4.12.4) --
xorg-server (1.20.0) --

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Version: R1-alpha4
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-12-08
Votes: 1

Too bad it doesn't get more love from developers. All it needs is a modern Gui on top and some good apps. It's blazing fast. 3d graphics support and all the rest will come as time goes by.

I used to be a BeOS user back in the day and still have their original CD. It is the only OS I ever felt attached to. I never felt the same love for OSX or Linux.

I hope it gets the same love as Linux but they need to make this usable

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Version: R1-alpha4
Rating: 5
Date: 2017-11-13
Votes: 0

Good effort.........but, I am sorry, I do not think that this will ever be a viable operating system. By the time it is ready for general consumption it will already be so out of date (from a hardware point of view), that the developers will never be able to stay on top.......and then it will just disappear like so many others.

I do admire what they are trying to accomplish, I just do not think that it is realistic. I first tried this "distro" about seven years ago and it is still miles away from being ready for "prime time". It has been "nearly there" forever and I doubt it will get any better than that.

Good luck, I keep checking in on progress over the years, but "snails pace" would be fast by comparison.

I gave this 5 for effort.

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Version: R1-alpha4
Rating: 9
Date: 2017-02-27
Votes: 5

When beta version is out, they might be able to GO BEYOND BeOS

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