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Last Update: 2019-04-11 06:22 UTC

Haiku is an open-source operating system, currently in development, that specifically targets personal computing. Inspired by the Be Operating System (BeOS), Haiku aims to become a fast, efficient, simple to use, easy to learn and yet very powerful system for computer users of all levels. The key highlights that distinguish Haiku from other operating systems include: specific focus on personal computing, custom kernel designed for responsiveness, fully threaded design for great efficiency with multi-processor/core CPUs, rich object-oriented API for faster development, database-like file system (BFS) with support for indexed metadata, and unified, cohesive interface.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 82 (144), 6 months: 92 (132), 3 months: 82 (142), 4 weeks: 83 (148), 1 week: 58 (210)

Average visitor rating: 7.67/10 from 21 review(s).

Haiku Summary
Distribution Haiku
Home Page http://haiku-os.org/
Mailing Lists http://haiku-os.org/community/ml
User Forums http://haiku-os.org/forum
Alternative User Forums
Documentation http://haiku-os.org/documents
Screenshots http://haiku-os.org/gallery?albumid=5167080228181734945
Download Mirrors http://haiku-os.org/get-haiku
Bug Tracker http://dev.haiku-os.org/wiki
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases announcements with download links and checksums:
 • 2018-09-29: Development Release: Haiku R1 Beta 1
 • 2012-11-13: Development Release: Haiku R1 Alpha 4
 • More Haiku releases...

 •2019-10-07 Haiku improves ARM support
 •2019-08-05 Haiku improves performance
 •2019-03-04 Haiku interface improvements
 •2018-11-08 Some Haiku services off-line
 •2018-10-22 Haiku compatibility list
 •2018-08-20 Haiku nears first beta
 •2018-06-09 Haiku ports LibreOffice
 •2018-05-22 Haiku unifies ARM builds
 •2017-05-10 Haiku's Summer of Code projects
 •2017-05-01 Haiku's improvements
 • More Haiku headlines...

Table Notes and Explanations

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  • Notes: In case where multiple versions of a package are shipped with a distribution, only the default version appears in the table. For indication about the GNOME version, please check the "nautilus" and "gnome-shell" packages. The Apache web server is listed as "httpd" and the Linux kernel is listed as "linux". The KDE desktop is represented by the "plasma-desktop" package and the Xfce desktop by the "xfdesktop" package.
  • Colour scheme: green text = latest stable version, red text = development or beta version. The function determining beta versions is not 100% reliable due to a wide variety of versioning schemes.
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Feature R1-beta1
Release Date 2018-09-28
End Of Life  
Price (US$) Free
Image Size (MB) 800-1000
Free Download ISO
Installation Graphical
Default Desktop Haiku
Package Management pkgman
Release Model Fixed
Office Suite --
Processor Architecture i586, x86_64
Init Software other
Journaled File Systems BFS
Multilingual Yes
Asian Language Support  
Full Package List r1-beta1
Package R1-beta1
abiword (3.0.2) --
alsa-lib (1.1.9) --
ati-driver (18.30) --
bash (5.0) 4.4
bind (9.15.5) --
chromium (77.0.3865.120) --
cups (2.3.0) --
dhcp (4.4.1) --
e2fsprogs (1.45.4) --
firefox (69.0.3) --
freetype (2.10.1) 2.9
gcc (9.2.0) 7.3.0
gimp (2.10.12) --
glibc (2.30) --
gnome-shell (3.34.1) --
gnucash (3.7) --
gnumeric (1.12.45) --
grub (2.04) --
gtk (3.24.12) --
httpd (2.4.41) --
inkscape (0.92.4) --
k3b (19.08.2) --
kmod (26) --
krita ( --
libreoffice (6.3.2) --
linux (5.3.7) --
Package R1-beta1
lxpanel (0.10.0) --
mariadb (10.4.8) --
mate-desktop (1.22.2) --
mesa (19.2.1) 17.1.10
mysql (8.0.18) --
nautilus (3.34.1) --
NVIDIA (435.21) --
openbox (3.6.1) --
openjdk (13) --
openssh (8.1p1) 7.6p1
openssl (1.1.1d) 1.0.2p
perl (5.30.0) 5.26.1
php (7.3.10) --
plasma-desktop (5.17.0) --
postfix (3.4.7) --
postgresql (12.0) --
Python (3.8.0) 2.7.14
qt (5.13.1) --
samba (4.11.1) --
systemd (243) --
thunderbird (68.1.2) --
vim (8.1) --
vlc (3.0.8) --
xfdesktop (4.14.1) --
xorg-server (1.20.5) --

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Version: R1-beta1
Rating: 9
Date: 2019-10-16
Votes: 1

A great desktop OS. It has Libreoffice, Python, development environments, gcc, a package manager, decent web browser (still needs work for a lot of Web 2.0+ apps). It boots quickly, apps are quick to launch. It's Unix-like heritage means porting apps isn't too hard. With Python, gcc, Java, and now NodeJS, porting more applications should be easier. Still has some issues with hardware, especially wireless.

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Version: R1-beta1
Rating: 9
Date: 2019-07-14
Votes: 4

I'm an old time BeOS user, bacj then and enjoyed playing with Haiku. I wonder if it could become a phone OS now?

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Version: R1-beta1
Rating: 8
Date: 2019-02-18
Votes: 13

Too rudimentary for serious usage in 2019, but as a PROJECT rather than a PROJECT Haiku is incredibly impressive-- it's an OS truly designed from the ground up for graphical usage by humans. Additionally, it leapfrogs much of the pernicious technical debt that both *nix and Windows are subject to.

I just hope someone higher up is paying attention.

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