I’ve run almost exclusively Windows – currently XP SP3 – but I’ve been looking for something better forever. Haiku looks like it could be what I want. Particularly since there seemed to be a commitment to rendering modern websites decently.
Yesterday I downloaded a recent version and after no more than the usual amount of trouble I got it going.
But … no Internet access? I found a comment to the effect that it Haiku doesn’t need access out of the box’ but what about those of us for whom computing is mostly 'net access?
That would be me: Maybe three hours daily on various web pages and another hour of email. A system that cannot access the 'net is almost useless to me: Even a Win 98 system that I run for some old games has wi-fi and an old Firefox to facilitate service.
It doesn’t seem that 'net access is that far away: Haiku knows about my wi-fi card but the directions for finding the support for that and getting it installed seem to require two more pieces of software and doing some other unfamiliar things. I’m a little vague because this was yesterday but I looked at the description and guessed a couple-three days work – mostly wasted in blundering around – and I don’t have that time now.
I’m sure the support exists, why can’t I simply download and install it?
I understand that developers aren’t much interested in using the 'net on a development machine but is the target audience just developers? Or is there hope of reaching a bigger group? Certainly the world NEEDS an alternative to the Big Two. And Haiku looks slick, it’s blinding fast, and there’s already a ton of function.
I wish it had come out of the box with Internet access. Or – second to that – “For net access you will need to link to … and download … Then issue the command …” Or something like that.
Thanks! This is a fine site, BTW.