So I’ve somehow stumbled upon this OS and am quite intrigued, but I have a few nagging questions about it.
To be completely blunt, what exactly is the point? There are already three established OS’s. Windows and Mac have an infinite wealth of programs and compatibility with your hardware, while Linux may take a bit of hunting and know-how to get it to work correctly on your system.
I can only imagine that I would install Haiku, realize that I have no way of installing drivers for my video card, wireless card, etc., not be able to connect to the internet, and not be able to use any programs apart from what is on Haikuware.com
With Windows, everything is plug-and-play, or you can just pop in a driver disk for it. How do I know that Haiku will recognize any of my computer hardware at all, and how do I know I can even do something as simple as plug in a USB drive?
Is there an actual reason for using Haiku, or is it just for the cool factor of having a unique OS? I remember installing Linux way back when it was relatively new, then realizing I couldn’t do anything on it apart from stare at the desktop or type something (and then have no way of saving it on anything other than the HD).
Also, how exactly does Haiku operate? For example, to keep my PC running well, I have a system wiper to clear all of my temp files, a registry cleaner, and a defrag program for the HD. Does Haiku also operate in the same fashion, or does it use its partition in a completely different fashion?