Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 10th Feb 2009 18:31 UTC
BeOS & Derivatives Back when it was becoming clear that the time of the BeOS had come and gone, enthusiasts immediately set up the OpenBeOS project, an attempt to recreate the Be operating system from scratch, using a MIT-like license. The project faced difficult odds, and numerous times progress seemed quite slow. Still, persistence pays off, and the first alpha release is drawing ever closer. We decided to take a look at where Haiku currently stands.
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Yes, as Thom pretty much accurately portrayed in his story, installing Haiku on native hardware for the first time tends to be a huge hurdle for the influx of noobs and curious people who want to try it out.

On the one hand, it's a feeling of accomplishment once you get it done, but I often find a lot of people wandering off in disinterest when they fail to get it booted on their hardware within a short window of time (maybe ~1 day maximum is what people generally devote to the attempts).

Sometimes they're lucky and the usual suggestions work, sometimes their hardware is a bit finicky, doesn't want to boot from USB, requires a swap of the bus_manager from ide to the newer (incomplete) ata version and rebuild, or requires disabling a troublesome driver (often times it's a freebsd-ported network driver causing interrupt sharing issues).

I always feel bad for those people, but some of them stick around, rise to the challenge, and figure out the right combination of tricks to get Haiku running on their hardware - the elation they exhibit in #haiku makes it pretty obvious when this occurs ;)

I really hope installable Haiku CD with partitioning support appears on the scene soon - and following that, I hope the ata bus_manager is completed, and some of the more troublesome driver issues are resolved - then they can concentrate on apps and other luxuries (such as wifi!)

Fun times ahead!

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