Haiku - Next Gen Replacement for BeOS

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Having been a fan of the late Amiga-inspired BeOS (which ran on BeBox, RISC and Intel platforms), it was with some surprise that I saw an open source next generation replacement was in the works: http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20080212-first-look-haiku-poeticall...

I'm not sure what the point is, frankly, with the various Linux solutions theoretically providing for alternative OS desires, but it's always nice to see another platform added into the mix. I deem it "Mostly Harmless".

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lacking hardware support but large software library

Bebits is a good place to start when you want to try out software for your BeOS system. It hosts quite a large library and features ports of Linux applications, many emulators including dosbox and virtual machines.
The thing that is holding BeOS back the most is the disappointing hardware support, 2Gb of ram is not even supported abd the OS will not even boot. The hardware support is slowly improving but you will probably get the best results with a pentium III class/era machine. Your duocore E
multi Gb machine will probably have some problems. Trying it out on a virtual Machine like VMware or Virtual PC and freeware alternatives proves impossible to very very difficult. I have managed to get it working in a VMware config.



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I have been experimenting with BeOS since the first beta's, what made it interesting is that the team was lead by a former Apple employee. And it actually has more in common with OSX than you'd think.
The fact that it ran both on PPC and intel architectures made it very interesting. Albeit that the binaries were not interchangeable and it was a little more complicated to create a working binary on both platforms than just setting the target platform flag.



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yeah i bought beos r4.5 i

yeah i bought beos r4.5 i think boxed, waaay back when. loaded it up and was like...
cool... but there were no apps.

prices on next cubes are astronimical and I dont particuarly see why. I was never impressed by next hardware.
but then I dont get apple hardware either :)

hobbit was the prototype bebox that used the at&t hobbit processor, when at&t cancelled the hobbit cpu be switched to ppc chips.

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yakumo9275 wrote:

so when will you get a hobbit box? or a dual ppc bebox?? :) you can put it next to your next cube (I assume you have a next cube)

-- Stu --

I'm not familiar with the Hobbit Box... I passed on a PPC BeBox years ago and I just might again. I do have the OS, though perhaps not the last version. NeXT Cubes go for lots of money last time I checked. I wouldn't turn one of those down, but I certainly wouldn't pay what they're going for... Very cool though.



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so when will you get a hobbit box? or a dual ppc bebox?? :) you can put it next to your next cube (I assume you have a next cube)

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