Haiku the next level!

There is also another very promising project and it’s even a one man-team. It’s called Serenity OS.
Never personally tried that one before, but it looks pretty cool.

Yeah I know of SerenityOS. I really should try to watch some of Andreas’ videos. It is not at all a one-man project anymore though, it has more active contributors than Haiku:

In the last week:

Excluding merges, 39 authors have pushed 365 commits to master and 365 commits to all branches. On master, 526 files have changed and there have been 12,023 additions and 4,740 deletions.

It is much, much more active than Haiku, but is a much younger project.

I think Haiku can learn some things from Andreas and SerenityOS to build excitement with some streaming videos and other educational content. Though maybe people like something new and shiny and Andreas used Youtube to build a nice community. Haiku needs to maybe modernize a bit, our Youtube presence is basically non-existent.

I am a bit sad that someone like Andreas decided to start a new C++ OS project rather than contribute to Haiku, but I’m sure plenty of other operating system projects say the same about Haiku. Though overall I think the more viable alternative operating systems we have the better. The world needs options to Windows, macOS and Linux.


Have played with it. Very limited at present, but growing and evolving very quickly for a one-man passion job. What is there reflects an obsessive attention to detail. Narrow (shifting) focus, but high polish. Not sure how it will fare when it hits the limits of productivity and needs additional arms and legs to help it grow further.


I see … I didn’t know that fact.

And I totally agree … the more the better. It really doesn’t make any sense to have only 3 major OSs in the first place.


I looked at videos a bit and I can’t take Serenity seriously until most development will move from Linux to Serenity itself.

I am, 3deyes and other developers are using Haiku on real hardware for writing Haiku software.


I think SerenityOS is the “hobby OS” that many other people consider Haiku to be.

And that’s fine, people seem to be having a lot of fun with it. But making something into a real usable OS is less fun.



If you go to “distrowatch” and set the page hit ranking to the last seven days Haiku is actually ranked tenth at the time of writing.

In many ways Beta 2 was a breakthrough for Haiku’s wider awareness, with even Arstechnica giving it a whirl, even if the review was a bit pithy in places. I think the release of Beta 3 will consolidate on those gains and many people whose curiosity was piqued by the last release candidate will this time try it out.


I hope you are right. And of course it emphasises the importance of regular releases. Hats off to the team for getting this one out on schedule.


Not bad for an OS which isn’t actually Linux. Shall we tell them?

Yes, I know it’s not exclusively Linux (and BSD), but that is the main focus.

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I tried to get dual monitor config running on Haiku with a supported video card. I was unsuccessful. I haven’t seen that anyone else got it running. Maybe there is a missing step in the setup?

It would be cool to have 3D driver support on Haiku, even if only on specific video cards.

I din way back. A supporten card and a card that the driver suport multi screens on are not the same.

But it can be that this are broken now.

What brand and type videocard are you using?

My post from 5 years ago: I bought an ATI VisionTek 9250 on eBay for very cheap. It came with a monitor splitter adapter, 1 for VGA, one for digital out. I plugged it in to an old eMachines D6505 machine that I use for Haiku. After booting, the digital connection displayed Haiku, the VGA connection said “Input not supported”.

Ah I see. Input not supported btw usually means that there -is- indeed a signal, but it’s outside of the monitor’s specs. You could try to set other resolutions/refreshrates that you know to be supported on both screens and see what happens I guess…