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Last Update: 2018-09-29 04:11 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: 99 (119), 6 months: 61 (184), 3 months: 80 (153), 4 weeks: 85 (142), 1 week: 86 (126)

Average visitor rating: 7.5/10 from 18 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
Related Websites Discover HaikuHaiku/BeOS Tip ServerWikipediaHaiku Germany
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 2018-09-29: Development Release: Haiku R1 Beta 1
 • 2012-11-13: Development Release: Haiku R1 Alpha 4
 • More Haiku releases...

 •2018-11-08 Some Haiku services off-line
 •2018-10-22 Haiku compatibility list
 •2018-08-20 Haiku nears first beta
 •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
 • More Haiku headlines...

Table Notes and Explanations

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  • Notes: In case where multiple versions of a package are shipped with a distribution, only the default version appears in the table. For indication about the GNOME version, please check the "nautilus" and "gnome-shell" packages. The Apache web server is listed as "httpd" and the Linux kernel is listed as "linux". The KDE desktop is represented by the "plasma-desktop" package and the Xfce desktop by the "xfdesktop" package.
  • Colour scheme: green text = latest stable version, red text = development or beta version. The function determining beta versions is not 100% reliable due to a wide variety of versioning schemes.
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Feature R1-beta1
Release Date 2018-09-28
End Of Life  
Price (US$) Free
Image Size (MB) 800-1000
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  
Full Package List r1-beta1
Package R1-beta1
abiword (3.0.2) --
alsa-lib (1.1.8) --
ati-driver (18.30) --
bash (5.0) 4.4
bind (9.13.6) --
chromium (72.0.3626.109) --
cups (2.2.10) --
dhcp (4.4.1) --
e2fsprogs (1.44.5) --
firefox (65.0.1) --
freetype (2.9.1) 2.9
gcc (8.2.0) 7.3.0
gimp (2.10.8) --
glibc (2.29) --
gnome-shell (3.30.2) --
gnucash (3.4) --
gnumeric (1.12.44) --
grub (2.02) --
gtk+ (3.24.5) --
httpd (2.4.38) --
inkscape (0.92.4) --
k3b (18.12.2) --
kmod (26) --
krita (4.1.7) --
libreoffice (6.2.0) --
linux (4.20.10) --
Package R1-beta1
lxpanel (0.9.3) --
mariadb (10.3.12) --
mate-desktop (1.20.4) --
mesa (18.3.3) 17.1.10
mysql (8.0.15) --
nautilus (3.30.5) --
NVIDIA (415.27) --
openbox (3.6.1) --
openjdk (11.0.1) --
openssh (7.9p1) 7.6p1
openssl (1.1.1a) 1.0.2p
perl (5.28.1) 5.26.1
php (7.3.2) --
plasma-desktop (5.15.0) --
postfix (3.3.2) --
postgresql (11.2) --
Python (3.7.2) 2.7.14
qt (5.12.1) --
samba (4.9.4) --
systemd (241) --
thunderbird (60.5.1) --
vim (8.1) --
vlc (3.0.6) --
xfdesktop (4.12.4) --
xorg-server (1.20.3) --

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Version: R1-beta1
Rating: 7
Date: 2018-11-28
Votes: 7

I have been watching Haiku for quite awhile, and for the most part been pleased with the development. There are still items that need to be worked on, but looking forward to continuation of the project and the next beta release. Glad to see there are those who continue working for alternative operating systems, it's good to have more choice our side of both Windows and Unix/Linux.

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Version: R1-beta1
Rating: 7
Date: 2018-11-27
Votes: 30

I've been 'playing' with Haiku for a month. Who wouldn't get hooked on the speedy response of the desktop? Haiku has impressed me enough to seriously consider getting involved in coding for the development project. That's saying a lot! I have trouble with Webpositive crashing and I'm still looking into that. Some of the other apps don't yet run and I'm really tempted to learn this magic filesystem to find out why.
I run Haiku on older quad core systems that were originally created as home theater PCs, keeping with the current trend of low power multi processor systems. The single user system design is ideal for the majority of my clients. I'm currently assessing it's usability for micro controller development, once I get that working, I'll be using Haiku on a daily basis.

I give the the promise of Haiku, becoming mainstream, 10 out of 10 and, it's current state 7 out of 10.

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Version: R1-beta1
Rating: 7
Date: 2018-11-09
Votes: 4

Finally we get a 64 bit version of Haiku. Running it on an old T400 Thinkpad. Wireless works, perfect loud sound, good graphics. Qmmp works better in Haiku than Mint 18.3. Problems with Webpositive locking up on some sites. Qupzilla works good though, really looking forward to getting more bugs worked out. Would be great if it was possible to get Firefox or Chrome working in it. Overall it looks great. I really like Webpositive but still buggy. Great effort, kudos to the Haiku team!!! Keep up the good work. and yea I'll be making another donation soon!

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