first_imgOn Tuesday, the team at Haiku released Haiku beta, an open-source operating system that specifically targets personal computing. It is inspired by the BeOS and is fast, simple to use and easy to learn. What’s new in  Haiku? Package management This release comes with a complete package management system. Haiku’s packages are a special type of compressed filesystem image, that are mounted upon installation (and thereafter on each boot) by the packagefs, a kernel component. The /system/ hierarchy in Haiku beta is now read-only, since it is merely a combination of the presently installed packages at the system level and it ensures that the system files themselves are incorruptible. With this release, it is possible to boot into a previous package state or even blacklist individual files. Since the disk transactions for managing the packages are limited, the installations and uninstallations are instant. It is possible to manage the installed package set on a non-running Haiku system by mounting its boot disk and further manipulating the /system/packages directory and associated configuration files. It is now possible to switch your system repositories from master to r1beta1. WebPositive upgrades The system web browser is more stable than before with the YouTube now functioning properly and other under-the-hood changes . With WebKit it is possible to fix a large number of bugs in Haiku such as broken stack alignment, various kernel panics in the network stack, bad edge-case handling in app_server’s rendering core, missing support for extended transforms and gradients, broken picture-clipping support, missing POSIX functionality, etc. Haiku WebKit now also uses Haiku’s network protocol layer and supports Gopher. Completely rewritten network preflet The old network preflet has now been replaced with a completely new preflet, designed from the ground-up for ease of use and longevity. The preflet now can manage the network services on the machine, such as OpenSSH and ftpd. The preflet also uses a plugin-based API, so third-party network services (VPNs, web servers, etc) can integrate with it. User interface cleanup & live color updates A lot of miscellaneous cleanups to various parts of the user interface has been made since the last release. Mail and Tracker both have received a significant internal cleanup of their UI code. This release features Haiku-style toolbars and font-size awareness. Major improvements in Haiku Media subsystem improvements The media subsystem now features a large number of cleanups to the Media Kit to improve fault tolerance, latency correction, and performance issues. The HTTP and RTSP streaming support are now integrated into the I/O layer of the Media Kit. With this release, live streams can now be played in WebPositive via HTML5 audio/video support, or in the native MediaPlayer. FFmpeg decoder plugin improvements FFmpeg 4.0 is now used even on GCC2 builds. This release comes with added support for audio and video formats, as well as significant performance improvements. HDA driver improvements The driver for HDA (High-Definition Audio) chipsets now comes with audio chipsets in modern x86-based hardware. RemoteDesktop Haiku’s native RemoteDesktop application has been improved and added to the builds. This RemoteDesktop forwards drawing commands from the host system to the client system. RemoteDesktop doesn’t require any special server. It can easily connect and run applications on any Haiku system. SerialConnect This release comes with SerialConnect, which is a simple and straightforward graphical interface to serial ports. It supports arbitrary baud rates and certain extended features such as XMODEM file transfers. Built-in Debugger is now the default Haiku’s built-in Debugger has replaced GDB as the default debugger. It also features a command-line interface for those who prefer it. The debugger services the system-wide crash dialogs. launch_daemon The launch_daemon now includes support for service dependency tracking, lazy daemon startup, and automatic restart of daemons upon crashes. Updated filesystem drivers Haiku comes with NFSv4 client, a GSoC project, which is now included by default. Haiku’s userlandfs supports running filesystem drivers in userland, which is now shipped along with Haiku itself. It now supports running BeOS filesystem drivers which are not supported in kernel mode. To know more about this release, check out  Haiku’s release notes. Read Next The Haiku operating system has released R1/beta1 Haiku, the open source BeOS clone, to release in beta after 17 years of development KDevelop 5.3 released with new analyzer plugin and improved language supportlast_img