Is it possible to port the Be library or the part related to UI applications to other operating systems such as Windows or Linux? Is it possible to say: “You can develop your graphical app in Gnome, Qt, Windows UI API, but also BeAPI SDK”. This BeAPI SDK port can even have its own website.
If the BeOS APIs are good then they should be a major selling point. A lot of Be APIs will always be available only in Haiku, but the UI APIs related to windows, dropdowns, etc should be more portable. If people have these BeAPI to develop graphical apps on Windows or Linux then not everyone will compile its app for Haiku, but porting these apps to Haiku should be much more easier, if not trivial, when they decide to do that or the project is open source. This will allow more apps to come to Haiku on the long term. Or the other way around Haiku -> other OS. Currently it is not so inspiring to start my commercial app in BeOS UI APIs if I know that I will be locked only on the Haiku platform or I will need to spend time and money on re-writing it.
I know a lot of people will jump that Be architecture is different, everything is a thread, etc. The native Be graphical library is probably using a lot of things that are part of the OS, so this will make the port much harder.
Is it worth it?
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