Linked by Kevin Miller on Thu 15th Oct 2009 22:16 UTC
BeOS & Derivatives Today marks an entire week of using Haiku as my primary operating system. This is my first PC to get the most out of any BeOS related operating system to date. My old 200MHz Toshiba ran R5 PE just fine but without any networking. My eMachine ran Zeta just fine, but once again, there were networking issues (and Zeta was pronounced dead around this time). In the age of the Internet, this pretty much forced me away from BeOS and its decendants until now.
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size matters
by transputer_guy on Sat 17th Oct 2009 10:01 UTC
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For me the size of an OS matters ALOT, it should be as small as possible with an inventory of parts that should be justified. The BeOS/Haiku footprint is about 300MB. I remember that a QNX with minimal desktop and browser once fit into a floppy and made BeOS look bloated :-). I also fondly recall MacOS being quite petite too, 20MB or so plus apps.

Usually Win2K, XP, OSX, and Ubuntu usually fill out at around 8GB with about 40 apps each. Vista though needed a whopping 30GB.

For fun I recently tried microXP at 3GB and tinyVista at 8GB with same 40 apps. A more minimal microXP install with only FF, Winamp, VLC, Codewarrior, and a few others now easily fits in 1GB on a CF card, I can now work diskless if I want.

With no apps added, microXP actually fits in about 280MB (less than even Haiku) and tinyVista about 3GB. Both are far more snappy and usable than their legit versions, if only Microsoft had the ability to make such versions.

Although I will be trying out Haiku more and more, I think I can now fall back on microXP until Haiku is ready.

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