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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.

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Average visitor rating: 7.5/10 from 14 review(s).

Haiku Summary
Distribution Haiku
Home Page https://haiku-os.org/
Mailing Lists https://haiku-os.org/community/ml
User Forums https://discuss.haiku-os.org/
Alternative User Forums
Documentation https://www.haiku-os.org/docs/userguide/en/contents.html
Screenshots https://www.haiku-os.org/slideshows/haiku-1
Download Mirrors https://haiku-os.org/get-haikuDistroWatch Torrent Archive
Bug Tracker https://dev.haiku-os.org/
Related Websites HaikunautsBeSlyWikipedia
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases announcements with download links and checksums:
 • 2022-12-23: Development Release: Haiku R1 Beta 4
 • 2021-07-26: Development Release: Haiku R1 Beta 3
 • 2020-06-09: Development Release: Haiku R1 Beta 2
 • 2018-09-29: Development Release: Haiku R1 Beta 1
 • 2012-11-13: Development Release: Haiku R1 Alpha 4
 • More Haiku releases...

 • 2023-02-20 A tour of package management on Haiku
 • 2023-01-13 Haiku improvements and better keyboard support
 • 2022-12-13 Haiku ports Audacity and Epiphany
 • 2022-11-15 Haiku improves USB device detection
 • 2022-06-09 Haiku publishes status report for May 2022
 • 2022-05-10 Haiku importing more wireless drivers
 • 2022-03-07 Haiku gains USB wireless support
 • 2022-01-04 Haiku gets WINE port
 • 2021-12-10 Haiku updates filesystems and remote desktop client
 • 2021-11-05 Haiku updates kernel compiler
 • More Haiku headlines...

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Feature R1-beta4
Release Date 2022-12-23
End Of Life --
Price (US$) Free
Image Size (MB) 700-800
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 Yes
Full Package List r1-beta4
Package R1-beta4
abiword (3.0.5) --
alsa-lib (1.2.9) --
amdgpu (23.0.0) --
bash (5.2.15) 5.1
bind (9.18.15) --
chromium (113.0.5672.126) --
cups (2.4.2) --
dhcp (4.4.3-P1) --
e2fsprogs (1.47.0) 1.45.6
firefox (113.0.2) --
freetype (2.13.0) 2.12.1
gcc (13.1.0) 11.2.0
gimp (2.10.34) --
glibc (2.37) --
gnome-shell (44.1) --
gnucash (5.1) --
gnumeric (1.12.55) --
grub (2.06) --
gtk (4.10.3) --
httpd (2.4.57) --
inkscape (1.2.2) --
k3b (23.04.1) --
kmod (30) --
krita (5.1.6) 4.4.2
libreoffice (7.5.3) 7.1.0
linux (6.3.5) --
Package R1-beta4
lxpanel (0.10.1) --
mariadb (10.11.3) --
mate-desktop (1.26.1) --
mesa (23.1.1) 22.0.5
mysql (8.0.33) --
nautilus (44.2) --
NVIDIA (530.41.03) --
openbox (3.6.1) --
openjdk (20.0.1) 14.0.2
openssh (9.3p1) 8.8p1
openssl (3.1.0) 1.1.1s
perl (5.36.1) 5.32.1
php (8.2.6) 7.4.16
plasma-desktop (5.27.5) --
postfix (3.8.0) --
postgresql (15.3) 12.0
Python (3.11.3) 3.9.14
qt (6.5.1) 5.15.2
samba (4.18.2) 3.6.25
systemd (253.4) --
thunderbird (102.11.2) --
vim (9.0) 8.2
vlc (3.0.18) 3.0.16
wayland (1.22.0) --
xfdesktop (4.18.1) --
xorg-server (21.1.8) --

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Version: R1-beta4
Rating: 10
Date: 2023-01-26
Votes: 12

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:
- Epiphany

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Version: R1-beta4
Rating: 8
Date: 2023-01-24
Votes: 7

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)

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Version: R1-beta4
Rating: 10
Date: 2023-01-20
Votes: 7

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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