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Last Update: 2018-09-29 04:11 UTC

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: 119 (81), 6 months: 99 (115), 3 months: 58 (170), 4 weeks: 24 (384), 1 week: 54 (126)

Average visitor rating: 7.64/10 from 14 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
Related Websites Discover HaikuHaiku/BeOS Tip ServerWikipediaHaiku Germany
Reviews Beta: Pro-Linux (German) • LinuxFR (French)
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 2018-09-29: Development Release: Haiku R1 Beta 1
 • 2012-11-13: Development Release: Haiku R1 Alpha 4
 • More Haiku releases...

 •2018-08-20 Haiku nears first beta
 •2018-06-09 Haiku ports LibreOffice
 •2018-05-22 Haiku unifies ARM builds
 •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
 • More Haiku headlines...

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  • Colour scheme: green text = latest stable version, red text = development or beta version. The function determining beta versions is not 100% reliable due to a wide variety of versioning schemes.
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Feature R1-beta1
Release Date 2018-09-28
End Of Life  
Price (US$) Free
Image Size (MB) 800-1000
Free Download ISO
Installation Graphical
Default Desktop Haiku
Package Management pkgman
Release Model Fixed
Office Suite --
Processor Architecture i586, x86_64
Init Software other
Journaled File Systems BFS
Multilingual Yes
Asian Language Support  
Full Package List r1-beta1
Package R1-beta1
abiword (3.0.2) --
alsa-lib (1.1.7) --
ati-driver (18.30) --
bash (4.4.18) 4.4
bind (9.13.3) --
chromium (70.0.3538.67) --
cups (2.2.8) --
dhcp (4.4.1) --
e2fsprogs (1.44.4) --
firefox (62.0.3) --
freetype (2.9.1) 2.9
gcc (8.2.0) 7.3.0
gimp (2.10.6) --
glibc (2.28) --
gnome-shell (3.30.1) --
gnucash (3.3) --
gnumeric (1.12.43) --
grub (2.02) --
gtk+ (3.24.1) --
httpd (2.4.35) --
inkscape (0.92.3) --
k3b (18.08.2) --
kmod (25) --
krita (4.1.5) --
libreoffice (6.1.2) --
linux (4.18.14) --
Package R1-beta1
lxpanel (0.9.3) --
mariadb (10.3.10) --
mate-desktop (1.20.3) --
mesa (18.2.2) 17.1.10
mysql (8.0.12) --
nautilus (3.30.2) --
NVIDIA (396.54) --
openbox (3.6.1) --
openjdk (10.0.2) --
openssh (7.8p1) 7.6p1
openssl (1.1.1) 1.0.2p
perl (5.28.0) 5.26.1
php (7.2.11) --
plasma-desktop (5.14.1) --
postfix (3.3.1) --
postgresql (10.5) --
Python (3.7.0) 2.7.14
qt (5.11.2) --
samba (4.9.1) --
systemd (239) --
thunderbird (60.2.1) --
vim (8.1) --
vlc (3.0.4) --
xfdesktop (4.12.4) --
xorg-server (1.20.2) --

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Version: R1-beta1
Rating: 9
Date: 2018-10-10
Votes: 1

For a non-Linux operating system, I can see why other people struggle to become used to Haiku's desktop environment, But I've got to say as a long time Linux user for over 15 years, I have been interested in Haiku's development since 2012 and its pleasing integration of its kernel, applications and background services is something that is seriously worth having a look at, which many desktop Linux distros should have done but still fail to do so.

I'm impressed by the several open source apps available in Haiku thanks to its package manager. I am able to do more with this OS than previously in Alpha 4, which was just a non-starter for anyone hoping for any productivity. Would like to see Chrome or Firefox ported soon. I would also definitely be interested in support for ARM boards or RISC-V support,

However, the UI still seems to be dated but I'm sure that this should improves once it gets proper GPU support via a DRM port. Security is still immature, KDLs occur on some apps, etc.

A 9/10 for overall for usability, apps and integrated system apps.

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Version: R1-beta1
Rating: 4
Date: 2018-10-09
Votes: 0

I don't know is it good for anything. Interesting for testing in qemu. Where is firewall software and antivirus software? Anyway, it is interesting but seriously? Not for me.

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Version: R1-beta1
Rating: 8
Date: 2018-10-05
Votes: 2

Hard to fault this - particularly as it's NOT Linux and for various reasons I'm not that fond of the Linux kernel or its recent approaches. I'm a bit stuffed right now as the machine I'd put aside for it needs WiFi and the BSD wireless drivers don't target it. The installer seemed quick but needs work too - however, it's not out of beta so we shouldn't be unduly harsh.

What was most notable was the utter speed this thing manages. Running on an oldish Atom-based netbook it absolutely smokes Linux in so many ways. I'd like to do a comparative benchmark but I don't really have time. Anecdotally though, it runs like a demon almost comparable to the OS running on my i3 on VirtualBox. Pleasantly surprising and testament to just how fast even these older processors actually ARE if programmers weren't so lazy with their C++ coding. I come from the 8-bit era of programming where every clock pulse counted and Haiku feels like it's taken some of those skills and wrapped a modern OS around them.

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