I’m still running Debian Etch because just about everything else so far has failed me. Most of the more recent Linux distributions are utterly unusable on this old laptop. But as the final days of Etch tick down, it seems all hope is not lost. Haiku OS is approaching a useful state, particularly for laptops.
According to the various notices on their website, one developer just recently got a prototype wifi stack working. It’s capable of using an Atheros card to connect to open wifi nodes. Encryption, client services and other drivers will come later. And ACPI code is progressing, but no one claims it works for many laptops yet. I tested a previous incarnation before the project was merged with others and called Haiku. Aside from the lack of drivers then, it was beautiful, and worked just fine for my habits.
What makes Haiku worth watching is it lacks none of the Unix-type boondoggles which still plague Linux. The GUI was taken from BeOS, and is vastly superior. Also, it’s a darn sight faster than all but the most ancient releases of XFree86, never mind the current X.org fork of that. For people who don’t really care all that much about eye candy, and simply want the thing to work without spending a couple hundred to a couple grand on hardware, Haiku may become one of the best things just over the horizon.
I thought about trying to contact some of the folks in the project for an interview, but I’d much rather let them code their hearts out to get it ready for at least a beta release soon. For now, they consider it in an alpha release state.
Why would God allow Islam to spread so relentlessly around the world? Because so many nominal Christians have no answer for this, they have concluded God wants them to destroy the Muslims through war. Isn’t Islam and evil religion?
Islam is not a religion, per se. It is best to view Islam as a social milieu with a religious component. Further, the cultural and intellectual foundation of Islam is rather close to the ANE. As such, we find Islam produces a society much closer to Noah than just about any other society currently in existence. Islam is not good; it is simply better. In terms of the Covenant of Noah, it is by far vastly superior to Western Civilization as it now exists.
For God to remain consistent in His promises under Noah, He must grant a preference to it as the best game in town. Barring the rise of something more precisely observant of Noah, it will eventually take over most of the world. It is hardly a secret the Christian faith slices through the religious component of Islam like a hot knife through butter, as it does every other belief system on this planet. Genuine Christianity is based entirely on the miracle of God’s grace bringing life to dead souls. Wherever the gospel is presented with any degree of accuracy, God uses it to open the spiritual graves and bring His Son’s Spirit into the new born spirits. No other religion could possibly offer that. Our grand mistake is not going farther to claim the better understanding of Noah, and building a social structure to reflect it. Instead, we spin our wheels promoting the failed Western rationalist society. That society is powerless to resist the superior covenant embrace of Islamic culture.
Western Evangelical ignorance and confusion about the actual requirements in the Bible provokes us to hideous behavior which God cannot support, even as we carry His Spirit in our faith.