Haiku OS |A Unique Alternative To Linux

Today I checked out Haiku for the first time and was pleasantly surprised about the amount of features that are baked into this unique OS. Haiku isn’t a Linux based operating system it’s an open source OS that’s inspired by BeOS. It’s currently in beta 2 in isn’t ready to replace your Linux distribution of choice just yet. I took the time to install it on a virtual machine which was insanely fast taking under 2 minutes from start to finish. Once the installation is finished you’re planted at the desktop. The overall look and feel of Haiku does leave a little to be desired as it does feel reminiscent of something you made have used in the 90s. Once you get over the antiquated appearance however it is a real fun operating system to use with some extremely handy little features. My favourite standout feature is the built in stacking and tiling of the windows and was unlike anything I’ve used before. Watch the video below for my full run through and first impressions of this nifty little operating system.

As you can see in the video I was very happy poking around in Haiku OS. It was extremely snappy and responsive despite running in a virtual machine with only 2GB and 1 CPU core assigned to it. The whole thing just felt fast and refreshing and I’ll definitely be keeping a close eye on it’s development. If Haiku was to implement a fresher design by giving the overall desktop a modern lick of paint I could see a lot more people taking this operating system for a test drive. What do you think of Haiku? Let me know in the comments below!

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  • 29 July 2021 at 12:08 pm

    Thank you for making this video.

    I’m interested in HaikuOS for a couple of reasons:
    – it’s not resource intensive and
    – they seem to be making an effort to port it to RISC-V.

    As you say : it seems to be a refreshing change from where other OSs.


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