Haiku is an open-source operating system that specifically targets personal computing. Inspired by BeOS, Haiku is fast, simple to use, easy to learn and yet very powerful. Haiku OS has been in development since 2001 as OpenBeOS. It was the brainchild of Jean-Louis Gassée, a flamboyant, enthusiastic manager and head of Apple France. Back in the mid-90s, Be Inc developed its own operating system called BeOS initially to run on their own PowerPC-based hardware, the BeBox, but later ported to run on PowerPC Macs and Mac clones – and eventually ported to the x86 platform. In its short lifespan, it showed serious promise with advanced features for its time, and when Apple were looking for a replacement for its ageing Mac OS, it looked at both BeOS and NeXTstep – finally going with the Steve Jobs’ NeXTstep, as it was more polished and BeOS still lacked essential services. (source image)