ARM defeated, Haiku OS

Every now and again, I look around to see what is happening with alternative operating systems.

Yesterday, I took a good look at Haiku, which is an open-source re-implementation of beOS (a defunct commercial OS). Actually, what lead me there, indirectly, was I checked out progress on Lima, the open-source project for a GPU driver for the Mali GPUs used in many ARM chips -- only to be very disappointed when I found the last git commit was in February 2012 -- in other words, a lot of activity and publicity late last year, and early in 2012, then the development has faded.

Which makes me think that perhaps the ARM chips are going to miss their window-of-opportunity to supplant x86 in small netbooks and even tablets, and running a good OS. Intel will bring out their low-power 22nm low-power SoC x86 chips, and maybe it is game over? Even if the Intel SoC's consume more power, relative to other components such as screen, overall it won't make much difference.

This lead me onto thinking about x86 OS's, and I also reflected on the Unix security model -- which I don't like.

I was looking at various alternatives to Linux, many of which are extremely immature or too specialised, or not very active. Then I looked at Haiku and was very impressed with the level of active development. This is a very nice OS, and they are looking at a release-candidate in 2013. This has been a long time coming, I think the project started in 2001.

Haiku home:
Haiku news:
Introduction to Haiku:

However, I am on the lookout for an OS that has a builtin security model that is superior to Unix, but Haiku has no security at all. It is a single-user system, which is fine by me, but I still consider there must be security mechanisms -- the Haiku forum has discussion on this, but nothing has been implemented.

I really don't think it is something that can be tacked on later. It needs to be designed into the OS.

Looking at their apps, there isn't even a firewall.

Haiku is designed for traditional mouse/keyboard and there does not seem to be any consideration for running it with a touchscreen. I think that is another serious oversight, as Haiku could have found a niche for itself with touchscreen computers.

...these are just some of my rambling thoughts about ARM, security and Haiku!

Posted on 8 Oct 2012, 16:30


Posted on 8 Oct 2012, 17:29 by Sage

Posted on 8 Oct 2012, 20:11 by
OS for tablets
Unfortunately there is no alternatives to linux except some flavor of windows from Microsoft, Haiku is really going slow, it seems first release will hit the next generation (for a few years the latest is alpha 3). You can take a look at Meego that former Nokia employees try to recover from the death. the other alternative would be runing linux distro as an app from android. Ubuntu try to do that, at least kernel is already loaded, desktop can be used from another linux distros.

Posted on 9 Oct 2012, 2:01 by dionicio
Not. Nil. No.
do not compile that kernel module
do not aggregate that linux util
do not install that package
do not use more computing power than you need
do not use more storage area tan you need
do not use those high speed links
do not visit those places
do not use your computers?

Mitigation is the last resort.

Posted on 9 Oct 2012, 2:05 by dionicio

Posted on 9 Oct 2012, 6:50 by disciple
> This has been a long time coming, I think the project started in 2001.

Nowhere near as long as ReactOS... but then I guess you'd expect it to take forever to create a good implementation of a chronically bad system... and it is a moving target, too.

Posted on 9 Oct 2012, 16:38 by L18L
freeBSD !
That could be fun
woof3 ?

Posted on 9 Oct 2012, 18:47 by Grndoor
One Linux for all ARM systems
Please see:

Posted on 9 Oct 2012, 20:56 by Jota
+1 for BSD

+1 for BSD

In particular, the Kfreebsd port of Debian, that works very well!

Posted on 9 Oct 2012, 23:47 by darkcity
Is Puppy for the RaspberryPi still under development, or are you waiting to see how things progress?

Posted on 11 Oct 2012, 16:58 by Bosse
Interesting but is it enough

Posted on 11 Oct 2012, 22:30 by dionicio
Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone

Maybe you will find this of some interest.

Posted on 12 Oct 2012, 21:28 by Rooey
Settled then
freedos it is!

Posted on 16 Oct 2012, 6:05 by 01micko
Samsung has developed "flash friendly filesystem" for nand flash. This could be a very interesting development for ARM. No doubt it will find it's way into samsung smartphones and smartTVs soon enough.