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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: 111 (91), 6 months: 79 (136), 3 months: 52 (210), 4 weeks: 75 (176), 1 week: 66 (185)

Average visitor rating: 7.56/10 from 16 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
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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...

 •2018-11-08 Some Haiku services off-line
 •2018-10-22 Haiku compatibility list
 •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...

Table Notes and Explanations

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  • Notes: In case where multiple versions of a package are shipped with a distribution, only the default version appears in the table. For indication about the GNOME version, please check the "nautilus" and "gnome-shell" packages. The Apache web server is listed as "httpd" and the Linux kernel is listed as "linux". The KDE desktop is represented by the "plasma-desktop" package and the Xfce desktop by the "xfdesktop" package.
  • 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 (70.0.3538.102) --
cups (2.2.9) --
dhcp (4.4.1) --
e2fsprogs (1.44.4) --
firefox (63.0.1) --
freetype (2.9.1) 2.9
gcc (8.2.0) 7.3.0
gimp (2.10.8) --
glibc (2.28) --
gnome-shell (3.30.2) --
gnucash (3.3) --
gnumeric (1.12.43) --
grub (2.02) --
gtk+ (3.24.1) --
httpd (2.4.37) --
inkscape (0.92.3) --
k3b (18.08.3) --
kmod (25) --
krita (4.1.5) --
libreoffice (6.1.3) --
linux (4.19.2) --
Package R1-beta1
lxpanel (0.9.3) --
mariadb (10.3.10) --
mate-desktop (1.20.3) --
mesa (18.2.4) 17.1.10
mysql (8.0.13) --
nautilus (3.30.3) --
NVIDIA (410.66) --
openbox (3.6.1) --
openjdk (10.0.2) --
openssh (7.9p1) 7.6p1
openssl (1.1.1) 1.0.2p
perl (5.28.0) 5.26.1
php (7.2.12) --
plasma-desktop (5.14.3) --
postfix (3.3.1) --
postgresql (11.1) --
Python (3.7.1) 2.7.14
qt (5.11.2) --
samba (4.9.2) --
systemd (239) --
thunderbird (60.3.0) --
vim (8.1) --
vlc (3.0.4) --
xfdesktop (4.12.4) --
xorg-server (1.20.3) --

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Version: R1-beta1
Rating: 7
Date: 2018-11-09
Votes: 2

Finally we get a 64 bit version of Haiku. Running it on an old T400 Thinkpad. Wireless works, perfect loud sound, good graphics. Qmmp works better in Haiku than Mint 18.3. Problems with Webpositive locking up on some sites. Qupzilla works good though, really looking forward to getting more bugs worked out. Would be great if it was possible to get Firefox or Chrome working in it. Overall it looks great. I really like Webpositive but still buggy. Great effort, kudos to the Haiku team!!! Keep up the good work. and yea I'll be making another donation soon!

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Version: R1-beta1
Rating: 7
Date: 2018-10-19
Votes: 6

I learned about Haiku two days back. The look and feel is awesome (the icon scaling is good and their retro look is what I like). The OS is lightning fast and has Ethernet support out of the box, (but it refuse to recognize it sometimes, disabling and then enabling it two or three times seems to do the job).

When I read about it is targeting personal computing I was pretty happy as I am not a power user and most of my work require Presentations, PDF documents, Word documents, Spreadsheets, and some light coding. LibreOffice is present but it is still buggy, Calligra suite offer the work options, and it was working fine at the time of this review. MediaPlayer is present but if you try to import too many songs >50 then it will crash, also sometimes it took it some time to recognize my speakers (sometimes I have to reboot). WebPositive is laggy.

There is one peculiarity I noticed that when I was opening any file by double clicking or right click->open option, it was not opening and directly going to expander (in built archive manager), but if I open a file through it's related app it works.

I have to commend the Haiku teams on DE as you get used to it in no times (lightning fast is it's thing)

Overall as we know it's the first beta, and from the looks of it is going to be a good OS if the development keeps on going.

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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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