Ars Technica försöker använda Haiku

Sean Gallagher:

The last official build of Haiku R1, alpha 4, was posted in November of 2012. Development of a version of Firefox for Haiku (Bezilla) trailed off long ago—the last post on the project’s progress was in 2011, and it was to Bezilla’s LiveJournal blog. That means that trying to do actual day-to-day Web work (or any work, really) does not particularly inspire poetry.

The Bezilla browser is still where it was in 2011: stable, crash-free, and pretty much worthless with modern websites. It fails ugly and hard on Gmail, and Google redirects it to the still-active unsecure search page for legacy browsers. Similarly, the Alpha WebPositive browser is essentially non-functional for modern websites. I couldn’t even log into my Google account. On top of that, most of the Be applications I tried (such as the open source AbiWord word processor) failed to launch.

Things looked a bit better on one of the more recent nightly builds, particularly on the “hybrid” 32-bit side, which is  more likely to actually function with existing BeOS 5 (Intel x86) software packages. Many of these are available through an installation manager called HaikuDepot, which was added after the alpha release was posted. The WebPositive browser manages to function (mostly) on modern pages, though there are occasional freezes (especially with Gmail, which has a tendency to overwork the browser).

The Haiku e-mail client, though bare bones, works with occasional hiccups with POP and IMAP accounts. I had one or two mail daemon seizures to contend with. Also, there’s an SMB networking add-in to allow connections to file servers, as well as built-in FTP and web servers.

Det finns goda nyheter också men jag misstänker att inte ens den mest inbitne BeOS/Haiku-användaren kan se en ljus framtid för det här projektet.  Tyvärr, får man väl säga.

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