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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RE[2]: Haiku on real hardware
by JonathanBThompson on Sat 25th Oct 2008 00:54 UTC in reply to "RE: Haiku on real hardware"
JonathanBThompson
Member since:
2006-05-26

I have a dual p3-450 440 GX chipset (server version of the more common 440 BX, but uses up to 2 GB ECC RAM) system with 256 MB RAM and a GeForce 5500 PCI video card (my AGP slot died, it seems: keep in mind, I've had this motherboard since January 2000, and it has been struck by lightning indirectly once, and directly once! That is, via ethernet it was zapped by an indirect zap, and once the house was struck directly while it was powered on) and with the GeForce driver available via BeBits, it ran a version of Haiku well over a year ago just fine (Haiku has made MAJOR progress since then) and was snappy. I actually took a copy of the Screen preferences app and took it back to BeOS to make BeOS 5 run my screen at 2048*1536*32 bits ;) (BeOS R5 doesn't natively know about resolutions higher than 1600*1200)

Sadly, there's no SCSI driver I'm aware of for Haiku for my dual channel Adaptec controller on board, but if you get an RealTek 8169-based Gigabit ethernet controller (easily available new at a lot of stores for about $20 or less) and common USB or PS/2 mice, you'll get good performance. The one minor thing you might need to concern yourself with that hasn't been mentioned yet? A machine that old will likely have a BIOS limitation for hard drives beyond 128 GB that you'd be advised to get fixed before installing on it ;) (Seems PC's have this every few years to deal with ;) )

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Bobthearch Member since:
2006-01-27

The one minor thing you might need to concern yourself with that hasn't been mentioned yet? A machine that old will likely have a BIOS limitation for hard drives beyond 128 GB that you'd be advised to get fixed before installing on it ;) (Seems PC's have this every few years to deal with ;) )
Well, an older computer probably already has a smaller hard drive, although hard drive failures were much more common in the past than today.

So three solutions to this 'problem':
1) portion of hard drive remains unused
2) upgrading BIOS or using hard drive tools sometimes allow for larger drives
3) there are plenty of 40GB-80GB hard drives available new today

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RE[4]: Haiku on real hardware
by TQH ! on Sat 25th Oct 2008 10:13 in reply to "RE[3]: Haiku on real hardware"
TQH ! Member since:
2006-03-16

Even easier, although not sure it works with Haiku. Worked with BeOS though.
Disable second IDE controller in BIOS. Add a big harddrive to it. Add a small harddrive with OS one first controller. The OS will find your second drive and use it without any need for the poor BIOS.

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