has been reborn a number of times, often without significant success but things are looking up
. Starting in 1991 with the production of an all-in-one hardware/software home multimedia computer (the BeBox
, the first of which was available to the public in 1994
), the possible purchase by Apple was at the height of success for BeOS (instead Apple chose to buy NeXT
in 1996), and the low point of being when BeOS was bought by Palm for $11 million
in 2001, where it became part of the Palm OS Cobalt that nobody wanted
. In 2002, news of BeOS' rebirth as yellowTAB
came out, with another shift as yellowTAB became magnussoft ZETA
, which finally folded in 2007, as their figures were far below expectations
. From here, fans and enthusiasts took over, with a number of attempts to re-create BeOS from scratch. Most failed, but Haiku
) has survived, and today they announced that the first alpha version of the Haiku operating system
is available for download
(direct download or through torrent), and a preliminary review
sounds positive.Starting on the AT&T Hobbit processor
, the early BeBoxen
then changed to two PowerPC processors running at 66 or 133 MHz. Be, Inc. made the decision to port BeOS to Intel chipsets
in a hope to broaden their market with the R3 release in March 1998, finally giving away the OS
for personal use (which was later modified by users
after there was no official support), shifting gears and retooling the OS for internet appliances
). None of this helped enough, and Palm's final purchase price of $11 million was a fraction of the $200 million Be hoped to get from Apple in the years before (Apple was only willing to pay $125 million).
The BeOS interface is well recognized, and many people
have copied the design
into themes and skins for modifiable programs.
The release of this alpha was also covered on Slashdot
, where a commenter noted it's usable, but lacking in wifi support
. A follow-up noted [t]he wireless stack is a work in progress
(see also: Haikuware Blog
), based on the FreeBSD 8.0 WLAN stack
. There is a bounty
for this goal.
Haiku was chosen as the project name because of the intended simplicity of the project, and as a tribute to the error messages
(which also lead to the FPP title). Before anyone tells me it's not Autumn yet, I'm claiming this falls under the meteorological Autumn for the northern hemisphere.