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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RE: Haiku works for me
by umccullough on Tue 10th Feb 2009 20:47 UTC in reply to "Haiku works for me"
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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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