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Open source reviving BeOS?!?

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BeOS was definitely one of the best operating systems existed known for it's speed. It took the best of the Macintosh and combined it with some great inovations that Mac lacked such as multithreading and BeFS file system. It is a great shame it failed and that the world just didn't recognized what could have been the OS of the future.

After BeOS 'death' some distributions have continued to preserve it's existence and community basing the distros on the final release. The most known is BeOS Max distro that is available as free download.
However, this way of keeping it alive can't go on forever.

Happily, there is our beloved open source community that is adapting this OS in form of a few OSS versions of BeOS from which is the most known and most promising OpenBeOS, if they didn't changed the name yet. They are developing a faithful open source clone of beos thus giving it a chance for revival. It's not going to be just another linux because it is based on different kernel that is being developed separately.

The question is would our open source community accept it and how widely will we accept it? It's like a healthy alternative to the open source ruler linux. Would you consider using OpenBeOS?
I know i would! Eye :-D
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Re: Open source reviving BeOS?!?

Where would i go about getting a copy of Beos Smiling thanks

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Re: Open source reviving BeOS?!?

I downloaded mine from the BeOS Max 5 homepage.
BeOS Max 5 is the last breed of the original BeOS (in version 5) that is kept developing until OpenBeOs get's finished in order to preserve BeOS spirit and userbase.

OpenBeOS is the BeOS clone developed by people among which are the developers of the original Be. The kernel is based on the newos which is not linux kernel so it's not another linux distro, but it is another open source operating system, the great one, because it is the faithful recreation of the original BeOS which was probably the best OS ever developed. The world only didn't recognized it. OpenBeOS has neen renamed due to the trademark issues since Palm Inc. now owns it (they bough Be Inc). The new name for OpenBeOS is Haiku OS!

Here are the other relevant links:

OpenBeOS - this is openbeos old homesite

Haiku OS - Haiku OS (OpenBeOS) new homesite.

New OS - on new os is Haiku OS kernel based

and

BeBits - a great repository of Be software, drivers etc. I believe that these programs will work on the new Haiku OS since it is a BeOS clone.

As i know, Haiku OS will implement all the great features of original BeOS including the fastest BeFS file system.
BeOS is known to be the fastest operating system existed at the same time being stable and cool-looking. It was originally developed by the Macintosh developers who left Apple in order to make the system that had everything Mac missed at the time. You could actually consider BeOS to be the sister OS to Mac OS X. And in it's open source implementation and great revival i expect it will be a next great thing. Maybe a little open source inside competition to linux which is great, as long as it's open source/free software.

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