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Tupin

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Since I'll never be able to afford a BeBox barring some sort of windfall, I kind of want to get a BeOS system set up. I've read a bit into the manuals, apparently some versions just installed with Windows and others were main installs? I would want the second, as I want a dedicated BeOS system. Anyone around here have experience with it?

As for Haiku, if I am reading it right, is for semi-modern/modern machines, as it apparently can run on something as slow as 400MHz? What would be a good machine to install that on?
 

commodorejohn

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I tried Haiku once and it ran perfectly snappy on my piddly little 1.6GHz Atom machine with 1GB RAM. I dunno how it does on slower machines, though.
 

krebizfan

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BeOS was fairly snappy on a Pentium II or late era Pentium (200 MHz+). Dual socket machines are preferred; I think Be's Intel based developer systems had something like dual Pentium-133s. Though this depends on what you are used to. If you run DOS + Win 3 off a multi-gigabyte RAM disk on a current higher end CPU, nothing old will come close to feeling reasonable.

For Haiku, late period Pentium III or newer is probably a good baseline. It seemed a little slower than the BeOS on equivalent hardware. I haven't tried it on systems manufactured within the last 5 years but a Core2 should be a good fit. Really new systems want to be run in 64bit mode and would be rather wasteful dropping back into the limits of Haiku.
 

geoffm3

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The BeOS (4?) disk that I have you can install either way...from within Windows or you can boot off the CD straight into the installer.
 

Caluser2000

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I'm sure once you have actually done the Windows install when running BeOS PE there is an option to do a virgin install on a clean hdd. I can recall doing this on my Celeron 400 at on at least on occasion and booting directly off the BeOS hdd.
 
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