Haiku is an open-source operating system that specifically targets personal computing. Inspired by the BeOS, Haiku is fast, simple to use, easy to learn, and powerful.
Specifically targeting personal computing, Haiku is a fast, efficient, simple to use, easy to learn, and powerful system for computer users of all levels. Additionally, Haiku offers something over other open-source platforms, which is unique: The project consists of a single team writing everything from the kernel, drivers, userland services, tool kit, and graphics stack to the included desktop applications and preflets.
While numerous open source projects are utilized in Haiku, they are integrated seamlessly. This allows Haiku to achieve a consistency level that provides many conveniences and is truly enjoyable to use by both end-users and developers alike.
Specific focus on personal computing
Custom kernel designed for responsiveness
Fully threaded design for great efficiency with multi-processor/core CPUs
Rich object-oriented API for faster development
Database-like file system (BFS) with support for indexed metadata