Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 31st Jul 2008 21:40 UTC, submitted by kvdman
BeOS & Derivatives After fixing a few specific bugs, Haiku now runs on the Asus EeePC - the 701 model, that is. "It is with great pleasure that I'm able to announce that Haiku (rev26666) runs on the Asus EeePC! I own a 701 model, and have sporadically been testing out Haiku revisions on the machine. For months I've been unable to boot Haiku, but somewhere along the line, the bug I filed got squashed, and Haiku will boot off the machine's internal 4gb fixed disk!" Wireless, LAN, and the APM do not work, but sound does thanks to the OSS driver. Installation is a tad bit complicated (it involves booting Haiku in a VM in Windows XP and copying the contents of a nightly build over to a real hardware BFS partition, and adding Haiku to the ntldr), but at least it works.
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Quite normal
by jal_ on Fri 1st Aug 2008 07:18 UTC
jal_
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2006-11-02

From an OS development point of view, the Eee PC is just a normal laptop, using standard components. Yeah, it's great Haiku runs on it, but not that suprising. Try porting Haiku to, say, a Razorbook / Alpha 400, and then I'll be (slightly) impressed.


JAL

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RE: Quite normal
by Vanders on Fri 1st Aug 2008 09:53 in reply to "Quite normal"
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2005-07-06

Actually the EEE has a few additional constraints and gotchas that make it slightly more complicated than a "normal" machine. It can only boot from a USB CD-ROM, the NIC is a rather obscure device and you have to be careful of the solid-state storage: filesystems like BFS and AFS aren't totally suitable for such devices because they tend to produce a large number of small writes, which can age the flash quickly.

So it's not quite as simple as "Stick the disc in the drive and boot it".

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