BeOS is reborn as the open source Haiku Operating System

Oct 19, 2009 - 3 Comments

haiku screenshot

Remember BeOS? If you don’t that’s ok, it came out around 1995 and even though its performance was leaps and bounds above Mac OS System 8 and Windows 95, it never quite caught on, so it died off and seemingly disappeared. Now BeOS is reborn as Haiku, an open source lightweight operating system. It’s certainly more of a novelty at this point, but it’s kind of fun to play around with in a retro sort of way, and who knows maybe it will give Linux a run for it’s money? Well probably not since they’re both free. Anyway, check out Haiku, you can download it as an installable ISO, a VMWare image, or a live boot CD.

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Posted by: David Mendez in Fun, Retro

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  1. hpux735 says:

    I couldn’t get it to work in Parallels, but I replaced OS X with Haiku on my Dell Mini 9!

    Works well enough to play with, but no wireless still.

  2. Ed says:

    I ran BeOS on my PowerMac 8500. It came with Metrowerks C++/Java compilers (later Java was dropped). Probably not a lot of Mac users remember that BeOS was the forerunner for the MacOS Classic successor… until NeXT’s Steve Jobs recommended against it and, oh, by the way, perhaps Apple should buy NeXT instead.

  3. patara says:

    Good that fans resurrected this OS. I remember I had like 300mhz celeron box at the time and the big news about it was that it was able to play like 9 movies simultaneously while Windows98 was dieing on 2.

    I gave a shot for the old beos around 2007 but by then the hw support was so bad you couldn’t do much with it anymore. I’m just about to dl the haiku vmware image and try it.

    It was a big mistake from BeOS-es authors not to release it as open source in 95. That was the reason why it failed.

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