Linked by umccullough on Thu 15th Nov 2012 22:12 UTC
BeOS & Derivatives Haiku R1/Alpha 4 had a couple critical bugs that were immediately identified and resolved shortly after release. These issues affected a significant number of users, and Haiku developers felt it made sense to do an Alpha 4.1 point release to provide a better experience for subsequent user downloads. The new download links and torrents have been provided, and they encourage people to update.
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on read-only media
by evert on Fri 16th Nov 2012 07:41 UTC
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2005-07-06

Two critical bugs, only when booting from on read-only media.

What to say? A "normal" installation would be on a hard disk (partition) or an USB memory key or a virtual machine. Installing Haiku on a read-only medium is of very limited use, and in practice it's also more work and more expensive to write a CD-ROM, resulting in a slower boot-up... I don't understand why they still support read-only media and why some users insist on using them.

On the other hand, an OS that can boot from read-only media is more flexible and probably boots faster and with less chance of problems. The Haiku team strives for perfection, it seems.

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RE: on read-only media
by comrad on Fri 16th Nov 2012 08:20 in reply to "on read-only media"
comrad Member since:
2009-01-21

Well, probably because some devices are from the same days as when BeOS emerged. And yet I haven't seen one of those devices booting from a usb stick.

Even my IBM Thinkpad T42 from 2005 cannot do that. And that is my main machine running Haiku.

Edited 2012-11-16 08:22 UTC

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RE[2]: on read-only media
by poliorcetes on Fri 16th Nov 2012 12:23 in reply to "RE: on read-only media"
poliorcetes Member since:
2009-05-06

Nice to hear that. Do you mind to recommend me good tutorials or documents for installing haiku on a T42?

Thanks in advance

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RE[2]: on read-only media
by BlueofRainbow on Sun 18th Nov 2012 05:16 in reply to "RE: on read-only media"
BlueofRainbow Member since:
2009-01-06

How about the machines which can't boot from USB and still have a floppy drive? Could a boot floppy be created with the updated code and allow booting Haiku to perform an install from the CD-ROM?

The T4x series did not have a floppy drive but could boot from an USB floppy. There are probably many other laptops from the same era which could do the same. And a boot-floppy is a lot smaller to download then a CD-ROM image even if it is compressed.

It is excellent that the Haiku team figured the issue out and fixed it quickly. I had downloaded R1A4 had had problems with systems which had no issues with R1A3.

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RE: on read-only media
by anevilyak on Fri 16th Nov 2012 20:30 in reply to "on read-only media"
anevilyak Member since:
2005-09-14

It's mainly a concern because quite a few people try to install the OS onto their normal read-write media by booting from a CD ; obviously if the latter won't boot then they're not going to get very far at trying the OS out. In any case, the bug doesn't actually pertain to read-only vs read-write per se, it's an issue where the list of loaded images wouldn't be properly normalized because a bug in some of the hashtable iteration code would result in entries getting skipped (if you're morbidly curious about the details, see http://cgit.haiku-os.org/haiku/commit/?id=ad53cd29cb74a329731b9e759... ).

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