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Haiku OS Ported To Intel 64-Bit Architecture 101

Posted by Soulskill
from the five-and-seven-syllables-at-a-time dept.
An anonymous reader writes "The BeOS-compatible Haiku OS operating system has been ported to x86_64. As part of the Google Summer of Code, a student made a 64-bit port of the kernel and user-space and it's now working. However, not all of the BeOS apps and drivers are yet working in 64-bit mode."
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Haiku OS Ported To Intel 64-Bit Architecture

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  • amd or intel (Score:0, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday August 28, 2012 @11:27PM (#41161379)

    x86 is Intel but x86_64 was developed by AMD and adopted by Intel. How is it now Intel's 64 bit architecture. Did I miss something or am I wrong? I didn't RTFA.

  • by buchner.johannes (1139593) on Tuesday August 28, 2012 @11:30PM (#41161397) Homepage Journal

    If only the community of software developers could conquer a community of designers and graphics people to collaborate without charge on a free operating system.

  • by ThorGod (456163) on Tuesday August 28, 2012 @11:34PM (#41161435) Journal

    ...but, I can't be. Yeah, BeOS *was* awesome and I really *wanted* to see BeOS 5 (I remember one of the versions had a nifty menu system where the selector followed your selections as you drilled down).

    But, come on, it's 2012. Maybe it's time to call it a day.

    Actually, I take that back. I think this is just some Google summer of code project. Great for the student who ported the kernel! Not really big news outside of that, though...

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday August 28, 2012 @11:57PM (#41161587)

    The last version of BeOS came after XP was already out. Since that time we've had two versions of Windows, Linux 2.4 to 3.2, and several point releases of Mac OS X. What have they brought that makes working on a modernized version of a 2001 OS so ridiculous?

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday August 29, 2012 @02:06AM (#41162427)

    It's not a near-useless state. It works. There's a decent amount of software out there. It's fun. It's a hobby.

    It gets brought up on Slashdot because it's news for nerds (not everything here is stuff that matters). It's a nice trip down memory lane for BeOS geeks.

    Haiku might not change the world, but most things don't. Sure is fun, though!

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday August 29, 2012 @06:57AM (#41164083)

    > Anybody who knows anything about chips doesn't need to have the entire history lesson given to them because they know what X86 means, there is no point in the rest.

    This is simply not true. See at this thread itself and the confusion that arises among presumably knowledgeable geeks about AMD64, x86-64 and Itanium.

    Semantics matters, name has to mean something more than "let's all agree and use an asspulled misnomer".

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