I don’t know if I realistically can, or want to use Haiku, but it’s great to see some non-UNIX designs still being alive.
It’s surprisingly usable. It’s lacking features that I have to have for work (multi-monitor support, a browser capable of using Google Hangouts, the ability to run VMs at near-native speed, and reliable disk encryption) but if it had those four things it could be my daily driver.
(Google is switching to “Meet” now; I should check WebPositive to see how it handles it, and I know that once upon a time there was an encrypted block device driver in the tree…in my Copious Free Time I should try to help on that maybe…)
For alternative OSs, the best thing to do is implement VNC. Through VNC you can access OSs that specialize in accessing the web, such as Windows, Linux, and … Chrom/iumOS. ChromiumOS is probably the best since it’s sole purpose is to interact with the omnipresent OS that is the web.
Eventually I will figure out some easy setup to do this.
The encrypted block device support still exists as a third-party package (though it’s maintained by one of the core kernel developers); it just does not support having the boot device be block-encrypted.
Well … Haiku isn’t really a non-UNIX design. We have some pretty anti-UNIX tendencies to be sure, but we also use POSIX filemodes, POSIX process model, pretty good POSIX API compliance, BSD sockets, … etc.
I own 2 BeBoxes. Was a Be developer back in the day. BeOS was my primary home OS for about 7 years and primary work OS for a couple years.
I’ve been tracking Haiku for a long time. Looking forward to giving the beta a spin.
Wow. I have to reply just so I can say I spoke to a real Be developer. I was too poor to have ever had a BeBox (though I dreamed), but BeOS on Intel was my primary OS for years (somewhat prior to that it was the Amiga; I only pick winners…)
Back when I received my BeBox (which is by now in storage in the attic), I was still a student, and switched regularly between BeOS, Solaris and Linux; the BeBox was the best of the devices available to me at that time, and I still have extremely fond memories of it. The intel port of BeOS was great to play with as well, but at that point with my use cases and the demise of Be inc Linux made a much more reliable bet for a daily driver. Pity, as BeOS really was much nicer…
I really should try out Haiku. It might make me even more nostalgic. :)