BeOS Reborn as Haiku Operating System, Run BeOS!
Remember BeOS? If you don’t that’s ok, it was an operating system that came out around 1995 and even though its performance was leaps and bounds above Mac OS System 8 and Windows 95 at the time, it never quite caught on, so it died off and seemingly disappeared.
Until now, that is. Now BeOS is reborn as Haiku, an open source lightweight operating system that you can easily run on a modern computer, whether it’s a Mac or PC.
It’s certainly more of a novelty at this point, but it’s kind of fun to play around with HaikuOS / BeOS in a retro sort of way, and who knows maybe it will give Linux a run for it’s money? Well probably not, but nothing wrong with pipedreaming!
Haiku OS is free to check out and it’s definitely fun to play with, so try it out in an emulator, virtual machine, or live boot it from an ISO or disc if you’re interested.
Anyway, check out Haiku, you can download it as an installable ISO, a VMWare image, or a live boot CD.
If you get the ISO image you can install it yourself into VirtualBox, VMWare, and probably Parallels too. Just boot from the ISO and away you go into a live boot mode, where you can play around with BeOS / Haiku OS.
Remember this is a full fledged desktop operating system, complete with a file system, web browser (called WebPositive), email client, media players, compression utilities, a Terminal, and much more, it’s obvious a ton of work went into this, and it’s still quite usable for a surprising amount of tasks and tinkering.
If this cuts your mustard and you enjoy toying around with various operating systems, whether current or retro and forgotten, you might also be thrilled to explore some other virtual machine articles here.
And if you run Haiku OS / BeOS and achieve something particularly interesting, or discover something noteworthy, share that experience with us in the comments below!