What is BeOS?

BeOS was a proprietary (not open source) OS. BeOS is very similar to Unix although it is not a Unix or Linux clone or related distribution. Nowadays you can run Haiku, which is covered on this page.


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      https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=8945563Haiku was originally released as OpenBeOS — a BeOS fork. This OS uses the Be File System (BFS) that works as a metadata database running on 400 MHz microprocessor, 128 MB of RAM and 700 MB of HDD space.

I have found it interesting that Haiku is partially POSIX-complaint and even included the Bash shell without learning curve. Unfortunately I have not found a practical reason to use Haiku as my main OS. At least for me, it is a cute pet project for now with a beautiful desktop environment.

Installing BeOS (Haiku):

Note that I have only been able to install Haiku on a VDI, not as a sole OS on a HDD or partition using its .ISO image.

Like most operating systems nowadays, the installation is handled by a live disk (USB drive, more commonly nowadays). The process is straight forward. It loads all necessary drivers including the 802.11 adapter and there is barely any configuration (config) needed.

Although Haiku recommends running its nightly builds, I have found them bug especially when running the default web browser known as WebPositive, which did not even let me log in to my Google account.