[haiku] Re: Differences between BeOS and Haiku

  • From: Truls Becken <truls.becken@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: haiku@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sat, 24 Jul 2010 00:46:34 +0200

Miroslav Stimac wrote:

> Are there any other differences?

Although the target for Haiku R1 is to recreate BeOS R5, it has
already surpassed the original in many areas.

- Vector icons, using a format invented by Stippi [1]
- Locale API to support localization, work in progress
- Layout API to better handle changes in text size/contents [2]
- Better fonts through FreeType
- WebPositive is a modern, yet fast, web browser
- WiFi support underway, using drivers from FreeBSD
- MediaKit probably handles more formats

> Are other differences planned for the future, such as new features regarding 
> the graphic user interface or some other part of the operating system?

- Work has started on how to manage installed applications [3]
- Advanced window management, try searching for Stack and Tile
- Multi-user is probably going to happen at some point
- Full text indexing in addition to metadata queries
- Maybe break compatibility with BFS [4]
- Many other plans/ideas [5]

[2] http://www.haiku-os.org/documents/dev/laying_it_all_out_part_1
[3] http://dev.haiku-os.org/wiki/PackageManagerIdeas
[4] http://dev.haiku-os.org/wiki/BFSIssues
[5] http://dev.haiku-os.org/wiki/FutureHaikuFeatures  (scroll to bottom)

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