BeOS successor Haiku now in R1/Alpha 2
Eight months after releasing the first alpha of the desktop, open source, operating system, the developers have released R1/Alpha 2 of Haiku, the successor to BeOS
A number of changes have been made since the first alpha: Wi-Fi support, although so far only with WEP encryption, a custom, WebKit-based web browser called WebPositiv, internationalisation support, an updated version 4 of the Bash shell, Message Signalled Interrupts, further POSIX compliance fixes and ACPI support by default. The new version is also said to offer improved performance, especially when accessing USB mass storage devices.
The Haiku project was launched in August 2001 and is maintained by volunteers. Haiku R1/Alpha 1 was released by the community in September 2009. The versions available to download include a CD image – for installation or use as a Live CD, a USB flash drive image and an image that can be run as a virtual machine. Alternatively, Haiku R1/Alpha 1 is available as a commemorative CD from the projects web store. The developers say they hope to have a CD of R1/Alpha 2 available from the store by the end of the month.