While the primary goal of Haiku’s R1 release is to essentially recreate R5, a portion of the project’s effort has always been devoted to planning for R2 and beyond. Another piece was added to the plan yesterday, as app_server coder extraordinaire darkwyrm posted the second revision of his proposal for the R2 Desktop (the announcement , and is the proposal itself).

The proposal mentions improvements that cover many aspects of Haiku, including visual appearance (as my rather glib title suggests), window management, file management, 3d acceleration, transparency, etc. It also follows the old Be Inc. philosophy that there’s nothing wrong with borrowing ideas from other operating systems, as long as you can implement them better. The proposal is currently in the “Request for Comments” stage – so if you have any feedback to offer, head over to darkwyrm’s blog and post a comment.

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tony on 2008-11-28 at 15:45 (Reply)
It looks beatiful but my concern is why di we have to imitate OS X?
-tony
Stephen B. on 2008-12-01 at 14:38 (Reply)
I don't get the impression that it's an attempt to imitate OS X, but I do have some reservations about the proposed changes as well. Several of the ideas appear to be in consideration because they're widespread / popular on the current crop of mainstream OSes - rather than because they're actually good ideas.

On the plus side though, it sounds like the Deskbar is going to gradually evolve into Dockbert - which I definitely support :)
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nonne on 2008-12-03 at 19:05 (Reply)
Yeah, OS X is far from the best OS to steal from. Unified menubar is horrible. :(

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