I got riled up about five months ago because ReactOS, the wannabe Windows mimic, was making strides toward actual usability. So you can imagine my excitement after trying the Haiku OS alpha, and getting this on my Inspiron.
I understand that this was built, sort of, from the remains of BeOS, and I will admit a very, very brief run-in with BeOS about 12 years ago, if memory serves. I had only an oblique interest in it and I quickly reinstalled Windows after tinkering for an hour or two.
This is a horse of a different color though. Exceptionally smooth. Native resolution, mouse support, hard drive access, reasonable 3D acceleration (in a manner of speaking), USB access, and so forth. Lightning fast too — boot times in under 20 seconds to the desktop, a number I can’t reach with Arch Linux and not far off what I get from a customized Crux system.
My only issue was with networking — Haiku found my Intel wired connection with no problem, and even managed to connect and get an address. But for whatever reason, ping and Firefox both couldn’t find the connection, and I didn’t have time enough to track down the issue and solve it.
For alpha release software, this is a very promising show. I like almost everything about this — the size of the installation, the desktop look, the clean way the system applications and desktop widgets handle themselves. If I can track down why the network was inaccessible I definitely plan on reinstalling it and giving it another whirl.