I started this toipic because I have a story to share regarding my experience with BeOS. Can’t reproduce with Haiku since I have no CD/DVD drive in my current system.
Long time ago, I had BeOS R5 Personal Edition installed on my Pentium MMX 166 computer. My computer had the crappiest, cheapest 24x CDROM drive ever. It would fail with almost every CD (either original or CD-R). Copying or installing something was almost impossible, although the stupid drive worked way better in rainy days or with hight humidity (!). Yes, it’s weird, but I swear I’m not making this thing up. On dry days, I wasn’t able to do a thing wtih the stupid drive.
Enter BeOS, that wonderful yet failed and underappreciated OS. I usually booted BeOS and used Tracker to copy the files. It used to fail too, but at least I was able to complete the task to some extent, then try again and copy the rest of the files, and so on until I had all the content copied.
Isn’t that strange? All I can say is that BeOS saved me form despair many, many times. Was BeOS doing something different with my drive? I don’t know. But BeOS does what Windon’t