Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 23rd Oct 2008 19:58 UTC, submitted by FreeGamer
BeOS & Derivatives It seems like only yesterday when due to a combination of hubris, bad business decisions, and pressure from Apple and Microsoft, Be, Inc. went under, with its assets - including the BeOS - bought up by Palm, who now store it in a filing cabinet somewhere in the attic of the company's Sunnyvale headquarters. Right after Be went under, the OpenBeOS project was started; an effort to recreate the BeOS as open source under the MIT license. This turned out to be a difficult task, and many doubted the project would ever get anywhere. We're seven years down the road now, and the persistence is paying off: the first Haiku alpha is nearer than ever.
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good news
by transputer_guy on Fri 24th Oct 2008 01:41 UTC
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I still have my dedicated Gigabyte mobo from 2000 with 800MHz Athlon just for BeOS R5 complete with 750MB memory limit and it still rocks pretty well.

I'd like to run Haiku on far nicer hardware though. So does anyone know what is the best hardware setup Haiku can now exploit.

Is Haiku Intel or AMD, nVidia or ATI neutral or prefers either?
Would a quad core work?
Are USB2, Firewire, Sata, eSata working now?
What is the memory limit, can it use near 4GB?
What are the plans for 64bit future?

I'd really like to buy a new board stuffed with 8 or 16GB of DRAM with lots of interface goodies, but I'm probably being optimistic.

FWIW I always thought BeOS or Tracker on Linux was a good idea, not as a replacement for true R5 or future Haiku, but as a better desktop than KDE,Gnome, atleast it would have made using Linux more palatable while waiting, but then its gotten a whole lot better while waiting anyway.

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