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Last Update: 2018-03-24 02:02 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: 166 (50), 6 months: 151 (54), 3 months: 132 (63), 4 weeks: 128 (52), 1 week: 124 (52)

Average visitor rating: 7.83/10 from 6 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
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 2012-11-13: Development Release: Haiku 1 Alpha 4
 • More Haiku releases...

 •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
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Feature R1-alpha4
Release Date 2012-11-12
End Of Life  
Price (US$) Free
Image Size (MB) 244-244
Free Download ISO
Installation Graphical
Default Desktop Haiku
Package Management ZIP
Release Model Fixed
Office Suite --
Processor Architecture i586
Init Software other
Journaled File Systems BFS
Multilingual Yes
Asian Language Support ja, zh_CN
Full Package List  
Package R1-alpha4
abiword (3.0.2) --
alsa-lib (1.1.6) --
ati-driver (16.40) --
bash (4.4.18) 4.0
bind (9.13.2) --
chromium (68.0.3440.106) --
cups (2.2.8) --
dhcp (4.4.1) --
e2fsprogs (1.44.3) --
firefox (61.0.2) --
freetype (2.9.1) --
gcc (8.2.0) 2.95.3
gimp (2.10.4) --
glibc (2.28) --
gnome-shell (3.28.3) --
gnucash (3.2) --
gnumeric (1.12.42) --
grub (2.02) --
gtk+ (3.22.30) --
httpd (2.4.34) --
inkscape (0.92.3) --
k3b (18.08.0) --
kmod (25) --
krita (4.1.1)  
libreoffice (6.1.0) --
linux (4.18.3) --
Package R1-alpha4
lxpanel (0.9.3) --
mariadb (10.3.9) --
mate-desktop (1.20.3) --
mesa (18.1.6) --
mysql (8.0.12) --
nautilus (3.28.1) --
NVIDIA (396.51) --
openbox (3.6.1) --
openjdk (10.0.2) --
openssh (7.7p1) 6.0p1
openssl (1.1.0i) 1.0.0j
perl (5.28.0) 5.10.1
php (7.2.9) --
plasma-desktop (5.13.4) --
postfix (3.3.1) --
postgresql (10.5) --
Python (3.7.0) 2.6.8
qt (5.11.1) --
samba (4.8.4) --
systemd (239) --
thunderbird (60.0) --
vim (8.1) --
vlc (3.0.3) --
xfdesktop (4.12.4) --
xorg-server (1.20.1) --

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Version: R1-alpha4
Rating: 8
Date: 2018-07-30
Votes: 3

I am using Haiku R1-alpha4 64 bits hrev52139 on bare metal (old sony laptop) and Virtualbox. Revison (hrev) number is only valid today, as updates are coming on a daily basis, so tomorrow will be a new revision "hrev".

Taking into account that it's still alpha stage, what I can say about Haiku is:

1- The BeOS look and feel is there as I remember from the 90's on that Performa 6400/180 I used BeOS at that time.
2- It is fast. Boots fast, is responsive on VirtualBox and much better on the laptop. This is true until Qt apps are installed. I presume these Qt apps compatibility layer lowers the speed a bit.
3- Everything needed for common daily use is there. Native apps and now a plethora of Qt (Calligra office, Krita, Kdevelop, Kstars, Qtcreator...),
4- The desktop is consistent in its concept and its translation to Haiku's native apps. Qt ports try to keep it as "Haiku" as possilbe, and they achieve it to a great extent.
5- Network printing still has some issues, as well as accessing Network storage.
6- Video out on the laptop is causing issues, though developers are addressing it and it will be solved quickly.
7- Window management has features that no other DE has today.
8- The Concept behind the scenes is amazingly straightforward for common users
9- No multiuser and security yet

Easy to use, Fast, Consistent, Clean, Straightforward

Unstable at some point (64 bit version), but usable for everyday tasks. Some might say DE is outdated though this is a matter of taste

Haiku's potential is becoming a reality.

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Version: R1-alpha4
Rating: 6
Date: 2018-06-15
Votes: 0

I was lucky enough to have BeOS 5 on a PC back when it was a faster, more stable alternative to Win 98, and I loved it.
Unfortunately Haiku is still very much alpha quality software.
Pros: Look great.
Runs really fast
Cons: Really unstable (fair enough too, it is an Alpha).

I really hope this gets to the stage where it is usable as an everyday OS. Getting LibreOffice working is a great step forward, even if it didn't work for me.
Good luck Haiku-nauts.

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Version: R1-alpha4
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-12-08
Votes: 1

Too bad it doesn't get more love from developers. All it needs is a modern Gui on top and some good apps. It's blazing fast. 3d graphics support and all the rest will come as time goes by.

I used to be a BeOS user back in the day and still have their original CD. It is the only OS I ever felt attached to. I never felt the same love for OSX or Linux.

I hope it gets the same love as Linux but they need to make this usable

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