[haiku] n00b trying the alpha

Hi all,
I'm an IT professional specialising in databases but I also take a keen
interest in operating systems. I have recently built a VMware ESXi 4 server
at home as a test lab. With the news of the new Haiku release this week,
I downloaded the Haiku Alpha 1 vmdk having never tried BeOS or Haiku before.
I just wanted to express my surprise at how fast this thing is, even running
as a VM. My ESXi host is fairly modest (specs: AMD Phenom II 3GHz Quad core,
8GB RAM, 4xRAID-5 SATA II disks local storage) but haiku booted so fast i
couldn't believe my eyes - it was something like 3 or 4 seconds. Likewise
shutting down took a few seconds - what a nice change to the misery I have
to put up with using Windows XP at work. The GUI also was fast, uncluttered
and very responsive.

In the last couple of years I've become a big fan of Ubuntu on the desktop
and Debian on the server, but I will be taking a keen interest in the
development of Haiku in the future. I just hope that the userbase can grow
as it seems to be to be a very elegant system. Bravo!

Mark.

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