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hopfenholz

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I'm posting this from a fresh install of Haiku (aka BeOS) on my iMac i7 2020 via VMWare Fusion.

The included web browser WebPositive is rendering *most of* macrumors ok, but can't see a search bar.

The OS doesn't seem to support retina screens (why would it I guess). Anyway - fun to play about with. Beautfully simple and fast. Feels like it would be a great choice for a pre Retina intel Macbook pro.

Have a good weekend all!
 

spectre51

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BeOS...that is a name I haven't heard in a while. Still have my install disks and BeOS Bible in a storage bin somewhere. I remember running it on an overlocked dual Celeron system back in the day.
 

hopfenholz

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I'll be honest, I'm doing it simply for ***** and giggles and because I love the BeOS icon set (who doesn't right!).

1st impressions - would be genuinely useful installed on an old mac if you just want a network administration machine. Ultra fast, simple web browser, all the usual techie tools like SSH and will run on very old hardware.

Great use for an old pre retina Macbook as it doesn't support hi DPI
 

it wasnt me

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Apr 18, 2019
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I have fond memories of BeOS 5 and I'm amazed that volunteers are still maintaining a version of it. BeOS (like QNX, but QNX has disappeared from the desktop scene, it seems...?) was ahead of its time in the 90s. A system that time forgot.

I wish I had a spare computer just to see what Haiku can do. A lot of amazing software runs on it already.
 

GraXXoR

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Playing around with Beta 4... Crazily, it seems to work better on my old MacBook Pro than it does in VMWare... (Can't even seem to get the little fecker to boot in VMWare).
 
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Playing around with Beta 4... Crazily, it seems to work better on my old MacBook Pro than it does in VMWare... (Can't even seem to get the little fecker to boot in VMWare).
Haiku B4 works "fine" in VMware on OS 12.6 on my iMac. I'm not sure offhand which version of VMware it is, but I didn't have any issues with getting it to boot.

The OS doesn't seem to support retina screens (why would it I guess).
Beta 4 does :)
 

mortlocli

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Feb 23, 2020
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hey - thanks for letting me know aboutthis update,hop.
Hadn't looked at Haiku for a while...but using it right now on my 2009 iMac 10,1.

Initially I ran into a prob I often have with the screen but all sorted now.
 

mortlocli

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Just an update:
Been running haiku from a USB stick. The OS partition is a set size so there's a storage issue with updates and adding software. (Though there is an app that can remove un needed software.)

There is an input installer that apparently allows storage access to a entire USB stick..but so far I've failed to get that to work.
The recent improvements are due to the employment of a full time developer...and now they have additional software ported over..quite a good range of apps.
 
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