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7.5from 14 review(s)
My family's daily operating system...
My children love Haiku and use it for computer programming.
Very good apps I've used on Haiku:
- Grafx - paint program
- GIMP - image editor program
- Inkscape - vector/bitmap graphics editor
- LibreOffice - word processing/spreadsheets
- Scribus - desktop publisher
- Strawberry - multimedia and internet radio player
- Medo - movie/video editor
- Wonderbrush - vector/bitmap graphics editor
Internet web browsers:
I have been watching Haiku for many years now,
Beta 4 is finally a usable operating system, in many ways superior to various Linux distros:
Consistent, database - like file system (inherited from BeOS - still unbeatable)
A lot of working applications from Office to Web (Gnome WEB seems the best choice for now, WEB Positive is still work in progress).
It is very fast even on old hardware and supports enough hardware to run on many machines.
Hardware support is getting better by the month, modern USB, Network, Sound and WifI chips are quite well supported.
UI is and always was nice and consistent, customizations are decent (work in progress).
Command line is very good and supports most features from other Unix-like OSs
For a single - user system with needs to communicate, write, design graphics or just listen to music and watch videos - perfect choice with not much headaches.
For a programmer or tinkerer - great system to add to it, expand and customize.
Since Haiku hired high quality developer and has wonderful active community - all goes into the direction of truly mature and usable OS.
I take to points off simply because there are still many smaller bugs (mostly in apps, the core system is stable) to be sorted out (well - it is BETA 4, not release)
With the latest release, Haiku R1/beta 4, Haiku has become a fully usable operating system. It is pretty stable and has the basic software that most people need, such as a good web-browser (Gnome/Web/Infinity - I wish they would use just one name), Libre0ffice, Gimp, etc., etc..
It's VERY fast, even on ancient hardware. It's much easier to use than any version of Linux, and it doesn't spy on you.
Bear in mind that this is a Beta release, so things will get better and better. For me, now, as a general-purpose, everyday OS it is just what I need, and I am delighted to finally get out of the clutches of the robbers barons of Redmond.
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