Mark Allison schrieb:
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!
Wow, thanks for the nice feedback! That's very encouraging. If and at what rate the userbase grows will heavily depend on how many new developers we can attract with this release. The BeOS as well as the new Haiku API are also quite elegant, so it should be fun developing software for Haiku. At least it is always fun for me. Of course the development tools need to improve, but this is an area where a lot of work is currently being done.
Best regards, -Stephan