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Haiku OS project gets ready to take the wraps off alpha release

Back in the early 1990s, BeOS appeared on the operating system scene promising a simple, uncluttered desktop designed to tackle digital media chores. Though Be is no longer "alive," its memory lives on thanks to a devoted community of supporters - like those behind Haiku.

At long last, the Haiku OS project is getting close to an initial alpha release. Even better, they're making nightly builds available on so that anxious OS Evel Knievel types can get an early look at what's in store.

While it's a very lightweight system, Haiku still contains a good assortment of essential apps - a Mozilla-based web browser, mail client, media players and converters, and, of course, some distracting little games. And, of course, it's got the trademark tabbed window decorations.

You'll find the alpha releases here, and each build is available as an iso image, zipped raw HD image, or as a VMWare .vmdk for easy testing in their virtualization apps.

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