Haiku (operating system)

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Haiku, formerly known as OpenBeOS, is an open source project dedicated to the recreation, followed by the extension, of the Be Operating System. It aims to be compatible with BeOS at both the source and binary level, allowing software written and compiled for BeOS to compile and run without modification on Haiku. This would provide Haiku users with an instant library of applications to choose from (even programs whose developers were no longer in business or had no interest in updating them), in addition to allowing development of other applications to resume from where they had been terminated following the demise of Be, Inc.

Haiku was originally named OpenBeOS when it was founded in 2001, but a new name was chosen to avoid any possible lawsuit with Palm, Inc., who acquired Be's intellectual property and technology assets (including the BeOS source code and trademarks) in 2001. The new name, decided by project leaders and influenced by an official community vote, was revealed at WalterCon in 2004. The name intends to reflect the elegance and simplicity that attracted many to the BeOS platform, but is also a reference to the distinctive haiku error messages found in NetPositive, the default BeOS web browser, and many other Be applications.

Individual servers and APIs (collectively known in Haiku as "kits") are being developed from scratch by a team of volunteer enthusiasts. A few kits have been deemed feature complete and the remainder are currently in various stages of development.

Haiku's kernel is a fork of NewOS, a microkernel written by former Be engineer Travis Geiselbrecht, but is currently far from being considered complete and ready for public use.

A number of major milestones were achieved in a six week period during March to April 2005, such as the first graphical applications to run on Haiku itself (running with full 2D acceleration), and the first use of a web browser on Haiku. Both of these were achieved without using any code or binaries belonging to Be, Inc., including the drivers used for the graphics and network card in the original examples.

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