What makes BeOS and Haiku unique

The first area to take a look at is Haiku’s latest feature in its Beta release: packaging.

Packages (but not just packages!)

Reading just ‘packages’ might evoke merely running a package manager on Gnu/Linux, etc. and while Haiku can do that, it’s far more.

As I mentioned in the Haiku Beta review, it was the first official release to feature package management. Best I can give anyone new to Haiku a mental picture of it is this: think of PackageFS of being like (but not the same as) having the old Slax 6 modules system running, along with all the usual ‘package’ tools to go with it.

A recap of it can be summarized in five quick points (versatile command-line packaging tools (as you might expect), the HaikuDepot and software updaterpackage and/or system states, the PackageFS, (where all packages are mounted seamlessly and mesh at startup), and as a side effect of the FS, a gentle layer of safety to the system.)

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Why BSD/OS is the best candidate for being the only tested legally open UNIX

The UNIX® system is an old operating system, possibly older than many of the readers of this post. However, despite its age, it still has not been open sourced completely. In this post, I will try to detail which parts of which UNIX systems have not yet been open sourced. I will focus on the legal situation in Germany in particular, taking it representative of European law in general – albeit that is a stretch, knowing the diversity of European jurisdictions. Please note that familiarity with basic terms of copyright law is assumed.

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Go 2, here we come!

At GopherCon 2017, Russ Cox officially started the thought process on the next big version of Go with his talk The Future of Go (blog post). We have called this future language informally Go 2, even though we understand now that it will arrive in incremental steps rather than with a big bang and a single major release. Still, Go 2 is a useful moniker, if only to have a way to talk about that future language, so let’s keep using it for now.

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