I know it sounds strange, but I think it’s best.
I’m not demanding anything, or saying it’s something you need to do right now.
There’s no OS quite like this one on the market, so I think you have plenty and plenty of time. Whenver you feel like it.
This OS runs really fast and boots fast, so it’s already great for netbooks.
Also, netbooks are called “netbooks” because a large focus on them is for the net.
I’m basically saying that if a much larger focus was put on the web browser, then the OS itself would already be very usable.
Just look at it now. The HTML5 support is already decent. So, if I am having trouble finding a program for Haiku, I can find it in the web browser.
Like, I couldn’t get any Haiku office suites to load, so I just use Google Docs. It’s a great office suite that runs in the Haiku web browser (Web Positive).
I’m just saying that if Haiku could support what modern browsers support and the great speed it does, you’ve already sold Haiku as a great netbook OS.
Then maybe you could improve upon it to get it to be a great desktop OS.
This is just a suggestion. I bought Haiku R1 and I think, with just a bit of additions to the web browser, it could actually be a main OS for me. I mostly just want Flash and WebGL. But if somehow you managed to get Java, Silverlight, and all that stuff over, that would be pretty impressive. But I don’t think Java and Siverlight are much requirements.
I also think a spell-checker would be useful as well, and eventually extension support.
As well as making it load pages a bit faster and being able to freely move the tabs around.
Other things like that.
These are just my 2 cents. It’s summer now, and I’m working on my own projects.
You don’t need to take my suggestion if you don’t want, but I’m just sayin’.
This already has the potential to be one of the best netbook OS’s. If you can get all of the stuff supported, WebGL, Flash, Java, Siverlight, etc, it could even be better than Chrome OS for netbooking. It certaintly has the speed.
I know the devs probably don’t want their OS to only be a netbook OS.
But if you want it to be a good desktop OS, you need to at least get it recognized first.
I’m just saying that if you get it recognized as a great netbook OS, more people will start using it, and then you could get a crowed.
I honestly have no clue how hard it would be to support the things I listed, but hopefully one of you can, or at least know how to find somebody that can.
I’m posting this from Haiku. I think Haiku has a lot of potential, if the project is focused in the right direction.
You may be still waiting for better financing, and that’s okay. But whenever you get it, I just suggest putting a large focus into the web browser. It’s already looking pretty good.
The web browser is just an easy way to sell a fast OS right off the bat.
Or if you do not plan to sell it, at least get it recognized.
Like I’ve said, even if you don’t want Haiku to be recognized as a netbook OS and want it to be something more or different, you want to get it recognized first. And this would be a good place to do that. I don’t think Haiku is far from being recognized at all.