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Hawaii Desktop Stable Released, Powered By Qt 5.2 & Wayland 137

An anonymous reader writes "The Maui OS Project has made their first stable release of the Hawaii Desktop. Hawaii is still catching up with GNOME, Xfce, and KDE in terms of features, but it's written from scratch atop next-generation open-source technologies. In particular, Hawaii 0.2.0 is powered by the brand new Qt 5.2 tool-kit and runs natively on Wayland's Weston 1.3 compositor. Hawaii 0.2.0 carries all standard Linux desktop features but more advanced desktop functionality is planned while focusing around a Wayland design and eventually their own Green Island Compositor."
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Hawaii Desktop Stable Released, Powered By Qt 5.2 & Wayland

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  • QT is last generation. Next generation is javascript using node. It never blocks! It never wastes time creating new threads! That's why it's faster.
    • by Bill_the_Engineer ( 772575 ) on Thursday December 26, 2013 @09:53AM (#45787297)
      That was funny! Wait you were joking right?
    • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 26, 2013 @09:55AM (#45787311)

      Sadly, web monkeys really do believe this even if the parent is joking (and one really, really hopes they are joking).

    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      The problem is what QT isn't web scale []!

    • From Qt based DEs, how does Hawaii compare to KDE, Razor-qt and now LXDE?
  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 26, 2013 @09:52AM (#45787291)

    I'll check it out when Hawaii reaches 0.5.0, and it better have the theme song play when I log in.

    • by aliquis ( 678370 )

      Yeah they haven't even got screenshots yet.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Yeah, but if you give it one wrongly typed command you get voted off the island by the lolcats and your terminal session is terminated.

    • No qemu or vmware support because drivers. No nvidia support except for nouveau which is not happy on my cards. Hopefully 0.5.0 will have these features as well ;)

    • by dbIII ( 701233 )
      I'm waiting for benchmarks from all those guys that kept saying "it's faster than X" based on nothing but gut feel. Well fanboys, somebody has done the work for you now so download it, try it, and give us some real answers based on something other than gut feel. How much faster?
  • by Anonymous Coward

    Another Desktop??? Can't we focus on getting ONE right?

    • by tuppe666 ( 904118 ) on Thursday December 26, 2013 @11:01AM (#45787645)

      Another Desktop??? Can't we focus on getting ONE right?

      If only Windows 8 users had that option; how many would have taken it? I have moved from a full time Gnome User(Driven away by Gnome Shell) to KDE(Great Applications\Themeing....Poor Desktop) to XFCE(Like Gnome 2 at its best, with some cravats/advantages).

      The bottom line is there may not be One right, maybe many rights and many wrongs. Android is a great Phone OS but I would not like to use it full time as my Desktop...but to have access to its large catalogue of touchscreen games on GNU/Linux I would kill for, and there is no reason they can't run in a tradition WIMP environment.

    • Another Desktop??? Can't we focus on getting ONE right?

      Define 'right' for all users.

      • by dbIII ( 701233 )

        Define 'right' for all users.

        The Common Desktop Environment obviously :)
        I think Sun/Oracle don't even use that themselves now.

  • Seriously.

  • They get it (Score:5, Interesting)

    by TuringTest ( 533084 ) on Thursday December 26, 2013 @10:38AM (#45787547) Journal

    They have a main webpage with a clean design, and they explain what they do and why anyone in the target audience should care, without falling prey to corporate-speak. That alone bests more than 90% of previous desktop environments, yet is the bare minimum than any user-facing project should have. Plus, the FAQ and About pages actually explain their motivations rather than a few obscure technical details.

    That "operating system, a suite of software that makes your computer run" made me shed tears of joy.

    • That "operating system, a suite of software that makes your computer run" made me shed tears of joy.

      The Judge threw that rubbish out in Microsoft vs Netscape and went with the textbook definition instead. It looks like the "beige box is the hard drive" crowd have won.

      • That definition is not intended to win trials here, nor to be used in any technical context. Their choice of words means that their target audience is not the stereotypical Slashdot crowd.

        It implies that we can install this environment to our families, and still hope to use it ourselves. Some of us believe it's a good thing, that the people who think "the beige box is the hard drive" can use computers. But not many developers know how to make a computer that they can use; making software easy to use is much

        • by dbIII ( 701233 )

          nor to be used in any technical context

          Fair enough - so wrong makes you very happy for some reason. It don't get it. Why go for the weasel version invented to try to win a court case?

          • Because it conveys the right message for the people hearing it. That's why MS used it -it's a very good definition for someone who doesn't program computers for a living. MS tried to derail the trail by dumbing down the tech details, which shouldn't have been done at the Court. This doesn't mean that hiding tech details is always wrong.

            End users don't get any direct benefit from the OS- it's a tool for the developers, so users don't require any detail about it's inner working; they literally don't need

            • s/trail/trial/
              s/know how an OS /know how an OS works /

            • by dbIII ( 701233 )
              I get it - convenient lies to children such as saying the sky is blue because of dust (as in loosely related to the real reason but dumbed down). It just seems a bit out of place since the target audience at this point appears to be developers.
              • Sort of. I wouldn't call it a lie but, as it's true that all modern applications (the only parts of the computer the user interacts with) depend on the operating system to work.

                • Please read my comment again, especially the portion in brackets. By not reading it you failed the test your handle is named after :)
  • by christurkel ( 520220 ) on Thursday December 26, 2013 @10:39AM (#45787549) Homepage Journal
    Are there any screenshots available? I can't seem to find any.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    If they want people to try their they should atleast include an ISO. Sadly no ISO is available, so why will people waste time compiling the thing ?

    • You mean like the image you get by going to their home page and clicking the download link []?

    • by fnj ( 64210 )

      If they want people to try their they should atleast include an ISO. Sadly no ISO is available, so why will people waste time compiling the thing ?

      Is there a joke I am not getting? There is a download button on the front page that takes you right to a link for the Live ISO, along with instructions for how to burn the CD, if for some reason you want to be last century and not just use a USB flash image.

    • by HiThere ( 15173 )

      Others have pointed out the existence of a download link, so allow me to point out that the project is at release 0.2. If you aren't willing to compile something at that release level, you should probably stay away from it.

  • Why is it news that someone created yet another Linux distro with yet another permutation of packages? Why is it impressive that Hawaii "features a dynamic, flicker free and fast system"?

    The summary mentions that theres potentially a new DE here, why are there no details on it?

  • Another post mentioning Wayland...I still have hope it will die a quiet death so the Linux GUI can get back on track...
  • I going to try it but no QEMU or VirtualBox support yet.

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