BeOS reborn as ‘Haiku’ operating system

Apple Store“The late and lamented BeOS appears to be rising like a phoenix from the ashes in the shape of an operating system called Haiku,” C. Shanti reports for TG Daily.

“Haiku is now in alpha… [and] according to the Haiku web site, has a fully threaded design for use with multiprocessor CPUs, a custom kernel, a rich object oriented API and is aimed specifically at personal computing,” Shanti reports.

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Note: Haiku’s website states: “Haiku is a new open-source operating system that specifically targets personal computing. Inspired by the BeOS, Haiku is fast, simple to use, easy to learn and yet very powerful.” More info here.


  1. By serious coders, FOR serious coders. I can see why the uber-geeks are feeling warm-fuzzies over this. Can’t see why I should care. Back when OSX was mint-fresh I was pleased that Apple had hidden a sh-window under the pretty surface, and even more so when bash became the default … now I’m retired and don’t go there for any reason at all. Too much like <gasp>!WERK!</gasp> and not enough like “accomplishing” for me. That, and much of the tools I originally wanted a shell script option for are now available at low cost from Apple.

  2. BeOS was Apple’s other consideration to replace the classic Mac OS. The “owner” of it asked too much money so they went with OpenStep instead (formerly NeXT step). The problem with BeOS is that it makes it excruciatingly difficult to write software that utilizes more than one CPU or core. BUT, it was more than a decade ahead of its time – easily!

    Read Jon Siracusa’s review of Snow Leopard in Ars Technica (a highly recommended read anyway). He covers BeOS when talking about Grand Central Dispatch.

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