What I do in Haiku

This is a growing list of things I do in the Haiku operating system. The purpose of this list is to have an easy reference when people ask, “So, what can you do in Haiku?”.

Also, this is not a list of possible examples of what I could do in Haiku. Instead, it’s specific things I’ve done while sitting down and working with my computer.

  • Update my tech blog. (WordPress, the one you’re currently reading)
  • Browse the Internet with WebPositive.
  • Use Gmail.
  • Use Facebook.
  • Chat with friends on Google Chat, Facebook Chat, and MSN with Caya.
  • Type in Japanese.
  • Download and watch a video using the Transmission bittorrent client.
  • Erase a CD-RW.
  • Download the latest nightly image of Haiku and burn it to a CD.
  • Watch and listen to the lecture video (M4V) from my graduate course.
  • Use SSH to login to my school to work on a graduate lab.
  • Read and write files to my Linux EXT3 drive.
  • Listen to a playlist of my MP3 music files.
  • Video game development using the PE “Programmer’s Editor”, GCC, and the Allegro Game Library.
  • Version control for my software using SourceForge and git.
  • Enjoy the screensavers. This may seem like a small thing, but I believe it’s important. Haiki has at least two screensavers that I think are really nice, namely “Butterfly” and “Icons”.
  • Use multiple desktops to make my workflow easier.
  • Take a screenshot using the Print Screen key and the Screenshot application.
  • Edit an image in WonderBrush.
  • View PDF files using BePDF.


Desktop 1: Programming (PE, Terminal); Desktop 2: Internet (WebPositive, Caya); Desktop 3: Music (MediaPlayer); Desktop 4: Document (StyledEdit)


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