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Last Update: 2024-02-02 02:44 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.

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Average visitor rating: 7.29/10 from 17 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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Where To Donate, Buy, or Try DistroTest.net

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...

 • 2024-05-15 Haiku makes it easier to switch between light and dark themes
 • 2024-01-22 Interview with Waddlesplash
 • 2023-12-13 Haiku improves application ratings and saving addresses
 • 2023-11-15 Haiku publishes updates in monthly newsletter
 • 2023-08-16 Haiku gets BSD style kqueue functionality
 • 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
 • 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 (1.2.12) --
amdgpu (23.0.0) --
bash (5.2.21) 5.1
bind (9.18.27) --
chromium (126.0.6478.114) --
cups (2.4.10) --
dhcp (4.4.3-P1) --
e2fsprogs (1.47.1) 1.45.6
firefox (127.0.1) --
freetype (2.13.2) 2.12.1
gcc (14.1.0) 11.2.0
gimp (2.10.38) --
glibc (2.39) --
gnome-shell (46.2) --
gnucash (5.6) --
gnumeric (1.12.57) --
grub (2.12) --
gtk (4.14.4) --
httpd (2.4.59) --
inkscape (1.3.2) --
k3b (24.05.1) --
kmod (32) --
krita (5.2.2) 4.4.2
LibreOffice (24.2.4) 7.1.0
linux (6.9.5) --
Package R1-beta4
lxpanel (0.10.1) --
mariadb (11.4.2) --
mate-desktop (1.28.2) --
mesa (24.1.2) 22.0.5
mysql (8.4.0) --
nautilus (46.2) --
NVIDIA (550.90.07) --
openbox (3.6.1) --
openjdk (22) 14.0.2
openssh (9.7p1) 8.8p1
openssl (3.3.1) 1.1.1s
perl (5.40.0) 5.32.1
php (8.3.8) 7.4.16
plasma-desktop (6.1.0) --
postfix (3.9.0) --
postgresql (16.3) 12.0
Python (3.12.4) 3.9.14
qt (6.7.2) 5.15.2
samba (4.20.2) 3.6.25
systemd (256.1) --
thunderbird (127.0) --
vim (9.1) 8.2
vlc (3.0.21) 3.0.16
wayland (1.23.0) --
xfdesktop (4.18.1) --
xorg-server (21.1.13) --

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Version: R1-beta4
Rating: 9
Date: 2024-02-15
Votes: 61

it resurrected my old PC, an Eee PC 701 which could no longer run even the lightest Linux distros (already with antiX it was at its limit and tinycore is a little more complicated graphically). There is the Italian language and I don't think it's very difficult to learn.

ha resuscitato il mio vecchio pc, un eee pc 701 che non riusciva più a far girare neanche le distro linux più leggere (già con antiX era al limite e tinycore è un pò più complicato graficamente). C'è la lingua italiana e non credo sia difficilissimo da imparare.

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Version: R1-beta4
Rating: 2
Date: 2023-08-25
Votes: 1

I've been watching this project since 2014 and tried using it in 2016 but it wouldn't install on the old computer I had at the time (a machine built in the early 2000's). I saw a YouTube video earlier this year "Haiku just got awesome" and I decided to give Haiku another chance, and this time on my laptop (which is new and runs linux and windows perfectly fine) .

I got it to install on a USB and it connected to the internet with my wireless card just fine, though soon after surfing the web for less than 5 mins with web positive it crashed. Tried it again but it still kept crashing and was slow (which surprised me because EVERYONE keeps talking about how 'fast' it is). I then tried installing a simple Super Nintendo emulator (bsnes) on it via the Haiku Depot, the installation almost worked and then it failed. So I tried something simpler, VLC player, and guess what?.. it failed again. Maybe the USB was the issue but I doubt it..

So that was my Haiku experience, needless to say I wasn't impressed at all. Maybe Haiku just doesn't like my computers I use lol. If I did get it to work I'd definitely have a more positive outlook on the os. Though looking at it's history and progress and seeing how it's STILL in beta is just ridiculous. A cute little project but a waste of time.

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Version: R1-beta4
Rating: 8
Date: 2023-07-12
Votes: 34

Ok, so I used BeOS 5 Professional as my main diver back in the day and actually even used it as the heart of my PC media center. Then BeOs died :-(

I just installed R1-beta4 and was pleasantly surprised to see that it feels like my old system, only better and very responsive. Compared to previous iterations B4 actually works quite well. I tried Libreoffice, Krita, TexStudio and GIMP without any major issues. I also found that Youtube worked on the Otto Browser, which I frankly didn't expect. Games like Sonic Robo Blast 2 and Otto Matic bought back memories and I even installed Yabasic and Algol 68G!

Overall, this project is making significant progress towards a truly stable and usable system. I don't think I will give up FreeBSD or Linux just yet, but I will be installing this operating system permanently onto a spare drive on my 32GB Dell Optiplex to test it long term and maybe even do some actual work!

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