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What is Haiku®?


HAIKU® is an open-source operating system that specifically targets personal computing. It is developed by the Haiku Project with the goal to first create a system that provides binary compatibility with BeOS. Haiku's kernel is based on NewOS, which was developed primarily by Travis Geiselbrecht.

By targeting binary compatibility, the people who develop and test Haiku have a stable and permanent reference point. This is used to help shape design decisions and to detect regressions within Haiku's codebase. Once the final version of Haiku R1 is released, the Project may continue drawing inspiration from the Be Operating System; however maintaining binary compatibility may be relegated to a series of legacy libraries.

For information on Haiku, visit the Project's About page.