Development Release: Haiku R1 Beta 2
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Haiku is an open-source operating system, currently in development, that specifically targets personal computing. It is inspired by the Be Operating System (BeOS). The project’s latest release is Haiku R1 Beta 2 which introduces improvements to HiDPI support, introduces ports of several new open source programs, and input device configuration has been merged into one configuration tool. “Begun but significantly incomplete at the time of Beta 1, this release sees a significant advancement in support for HiDPI monitors (and UI scaling in general.) Unlike other operating systems which largely enact a ‘device pixel ratio’, that converts a number of ‘internal pixels’ to ‘screen pixels’, Haiku instead scales everything based on font size, and leaves pixels to mean ‘screen pixels’ in isolation. This also means that one can effectively change the UI size and scale on any display by changing the system font size, and everything else should adjust to match it. Below are two screenshots, showing ActivityMonitor and AboutSystem with a 12pt font size on the left (Haiku’s default), and with an 18pt font size on the right (in other words, 150% of 'normal.”)" Further information can be found in the project’s release notes. Download (SHA256): haiku-r1beta2-x86_64-anyboot.zip (955MB, torrent, pkglist).
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