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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Haiku works for me
by Earl Colby pottinger on Tue 10th Feb 2009 20:06 UTC
Earl Colby pottinger
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2005-07-06

I have been diving into Haiku big time for the last two weeks. The only major problem I presently have is that Haiku will not support my USB speakers.

I am looking at the code right now to see if I can fix the problem myself.

The other problem with handling the filesystem seems to go away if I breakup the key files into diffirent folders. If I can get a handle on why I will file a bug report.

However, while BeOS works fine on my sub-1GHz machines, Haiku really seems to what the faster to machines to fly. Not that it does not work on my 550 P-III machine, but you will notice the diffirence compared to running BeOS on the same hardware (Bootman is great).

I have had no problems installing the downloaded Haiku images using BeOS, but I get shivers down my spine trying to imagine what a Windows/Mac/Linux user goes thru moving said image to a disk partition. And VMware slows it down too much on the hardware I have to show the OS's true power.

As soon as Haiku goes Alpha with a boot CDROM image I expect a lot of people to be impressed.

Anyway, I suggest that anyone who wants to try it out go to HaikuWare.com so they can get an image with lots of sample apps.

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RE: Haiku works for me
by umccullough on Tue 10th Feb 2009 20:47 in reply to "Haiku works for me"
umccullough Member since:
2006-01-26

Not that it does not work on my 550 P-III machine, but you will notice the diffirence compared to running BeOS on the same hardware (Bootman is great).


FWIW, I have run Haiku on many different PII/PIII boxes, include a couple of Pentium MMX machines. Most recently, I booted it up on an old P75 laptop with 40mb RAM - and it only failed because there's no driver for cirrus logic chips, and the VESA compliance on that old machine is less than what the Haiku VESA driver likes to use ;) If you end up with a supported graphics chip on an old machine, it's definitely quite usable. I will likely throw it on my trusty old P200 MMX fulltime soon for some benchmarking/timing tests I want to run.

It doesn't run as fast as BeOS on older CPUs, but that's partially because Haiku hasn't really been optimized yet, there is a lot of debug chatter and other stuff like paranoid memory allocation checking in the code. It has also been built to support newer hardware/more RAM, etc. which makes it a little heavier overall than BeOS was. It's still very very lightweight however compared to the mainstream OSes.

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