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Haiku: BeOS for the 21st Century

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Welcome back to 1995! Not. Although the open-source Haiku operating system is based on the older BeOS, a long-defunct operating system, the Haiku developers are keeping their project up with the times. Today I’m going to give you a screenshot tour of this unique OS.

Let’s Start with Some History

Be Inc. started developing BeOS in 1991 and unleashed the first release in 1995. BeOS was intended to compete with early versions of Microsoft Windows and Mac OS as a multimedia-oriented desktop operating system.

Apple came close to buying BeOS in 1996, but Be Inc. wanted $200 million for it – more than Apple was willing to pay. Apple instead purchased NeXTSTEP, from which OS X eventually descended. BeOS failed in the commercial market.

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