The next letter in the alphabet

The latest version of “Haiku,” the wonderful free, “open-source” rendition of the venerable Be Operating System (BeOS) is movin’ on up. The release this week, described as R1, Alpha 4.1, is considered the final “A” version. Next up is Beta. How many Betas there will be, I don’t know, but I can tell you this. It’s already Beta as far as I’m concerned. Haiku’s developers are being modest.

I have run Fair Harbor Radio 24/7 for over a year now, on several different computers, and never seen Haiku crash. Not once, even while the station is broadcasting, and streaming to the Internet, and I’m simultaneously performing heavy duty file copying and other activities, has there been so much as a a jitter or hiccup on the air.

Granted, with all the development and testing activity I’m doing on the system, I’ve managed to send it into “Kernel Debugging Land” a few times, but not while doing normal, routine things. The only shaky ground I’ve noticed repeatedly is USB file access. Doing large scale file transfers to a USB device has been a problem for me on Haiku for years, and it still is troublesome in 4.1. But they’ll get it sacked, I know they will! The Haiku dev team is an amazing bunch.

Guess this would be a good time for me to say thanks to all of them for hanging with it though the years, hammering away, beating the odds, silencing the critics, and creating Haiku. A thing of beauty is a joy to behold, no matter what letter of the alphabet you assign to it.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Noah
    Nov 19, 2012 @ 01:46:58

    “It’s already Beta as far as I’m concerned”

    Beta is a term of art in the industry. “Beta” versions have all the features completed ready for release, but there remain known bugs which the developers intend to solve for release. Haiku is currently missing several features which were selected for Haiku R1 by a survey years ago.

    There’s no modesty involved, it’s simply a fact that Haiku lacks these features. Because Haiku doesn’t have time-based releasing, a final version will slip indefinitely until the volunteers complete all the features or agree to change the list they’re aiming for.

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  2. ttcoder
    Nov 21, 2012 @ 17:31:23

    I guess you could say that many ‘beta’ (let alone alpha) pieces of software do not have the stability that Haiku alphas have, despite it being a quite sizeable source tree 🙂

    I have little to complain about myself.. Just wish on the whole it was more deterministic (var inits and the like).

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