Getting Haiku/BeOS on my new laptop(ASUS F3 Series)

I figured I should ask now, what would be my best strategy for running Haiku/BeOS. I used to run R5.03pe from the image file on my old desktop hardware, but I’ll need to go a little more in depth for this computer I guess.

This is the computer I just bought:


ASUS F3 Series
Model: F3KA-X4
Installed OS: Windows Vista Home Premium
CPU: AMD Turion 64 X2 TL-60 2.0GHz
Screen: 15.4" WXGA
Memory: 3GB DDR2(667) Max 4gb
Hard Disk: 250GB
Optical Drive: DVD Super Multi
Graphics Card: ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2600 (I believe the card can be disabled and onboard video can be enabled, if need be)
Video Memory: 512MB dedicated memory on card
Communication: Modem, Gigabit LAN and WLAN
Card slot: 1 x Express Card
Dimensions/Weight: 14.2" x 10.5" x 1.1-1.6"/ 6 lbs.
WLAN 802.11n Wireless LAN
Ports: Card Slot, 1 x Express Card, USB 4, IEEE 1394 1, Video Port 1 x VGA, 1 x Audio Integrated Sound card / Speaker Internal Speakers
Input Device: Touchpad
Supplemental Drive: Card Reader 8-in-1
Webcam 1.3 MP

Since I only ever played around a bit with BeOS on a couple of computers I wasn’t sure what the best way to go at this was, some kind of emulation/interperter/Virtual Machine, running from an image on the hardware, installing on one of the partitions ect…?

And is BeOS 5 PE Max V4 beta 1 my best option at the moment?

Any general comments?

Well, the easy way to play with Haiku is with Qemu or VMWare.

Very simple to do but it’ll be slower and not as fun. It’s nicer to have Haiku on a partition and boot it.

Also, Haiku does not come with any 3rd party programs - so you’d have to download and install them all yourself ( from Bebits, etc. ). Or use Senryu instead from which has lots to play with.

I use BeOS to install Haiku to a partition though Zeta LiveCD may work too - this way you may be able to avoid having to install BeOS too.

Gparted from Fedora LiveCD should be able to repartition your drive for you - careful, always risk of data loss.

PS You should start by using Qemu + RAW haiku image or VMWare + VMWare image so you get a feel for Haiku.