I am trying to use Haiku on this machine as my main OS (at home) and until now I have not encountered a serious obstacle. Since I have no essential free time to help more with the project the least I can do is to give some feedback. Also added comments on HaikuDepot about the apps I use and problems I have seen (I will also report them here as see fit). Please forgive my maybe random order of reporting things…
iMac Core 2 duo 2Ghz (2007), 20’’ with 640Gb hard disk and 4Gb memory.
Haiku 64 bit hrev52874.
Dual booting with Mac OS X Snow Leopard. Kept it as the last OS that performed well on that machine but I am not actually using it unless needed. Actually dual booting is misleading. After countless different tries and reading of anything related I gave up on booting through the hard disk (having tried Refind, Haiku EFI boot e.t.c). Verified that my Haiku partition has indeed the correct UID but neither refind nore Haiku EFI boot manager can boot it. The way I boot which is always working (100%) is pressing “C” to boot from Haiku beta1 DVD, pressing “space” to get boot options and selecting the hard disk partition to boot (no USB boot seems to work on that machine…). And I correctly also see and am able to boot all boot states (which is amazing BTW). I love Haiku so I can live with that way of booting it Most of the times I don’t turn off the machine.
Initially I was using the beta but a month ago I changed the repositories (how useful!) and I now follow nightlies, without any problems. On the opposite I got fixes and improvements. keymap switcher on deskbar draws OK now and my sound works very well through line out (only). I always had that machine connected to external amplifier so no problem I can’t use internal speakers. Graphics is only VESA with 1400x1050, not the native 1680x1050, but I can live with that as well.
I am still discovering aspects of the OS I was not aware off (like background hidden windows coming in front when pressing right click on title bar of overlapping window, amazing !). I really appreciate things like queries. They seem lightning fast especially if you take into account that I have 500Gb data on the machine. Also, to me HaikuDepot and SoftwareUpdater are crucial and well implemented pieces of the OS. I understand from the forums that it was a debatable subject but I am very happy that you did it that way. For me this is the correct choice. Also I was very impressed the other day when I traversed through the whole list of HaikuDepot “All packages” and saw how huge is the list of available programs and opensource libraries and frameworks. Through that list I was able to remove user guides of languages other than english. Now software updater downloads less data:)
I use QuickLaunch through a shortcut to load apps. I would like it to be able to much pieces of the word I am writing (for example writing “depot” should be able to find HaikuDepot).
I use Deskbar with “expand applications” because it helps with app switching (read somewhere in the forums).
All my media files work OK either through the builtin player or through QMPlay2 which is very good.
LibreOffice loads most documents. But I cannot find a way to make it actually load a file through double-click or “open with”. It’s just displays the main page and doesn’t load the document. Need to do an explicit open. I think Caligra doesn’t have that problem.
After some experiments I ended up using Otter browser (which I use right now). It’s able to load most of the sites I need correctly and plays youtube videos well enough. It’s mostly stable. A serious bug though: it leaks memory when rendering arstechnica.com . It’s very easy to see memory increasing live although document rendering has finished. So I need to close it from time to time to release the memory.
Mail: I haven’t succeded in using mail with gmail. I see empty mail body when opening mails. I would like very much to try Haiku’s way of handling mail. I use it through the browser instead. It uses a basic HTML version due to unsupported browser but does the work. Trying to evaluate Trojita, last time I checked I had problem to send mail.
I was thrilled to find and install Celestia and playing Prince of Persia in Dos box !!!
I am experimenting with other apps as well but I think the above are the main I use.
So for my home usage senario that machine with Haiku works really well:
Playing music and videos, browsing, reading articles e.t.c. Right now it seems like being my main computer at home. I plan to investigate more things as time allows.
To say thank you to all Haiku devs and people in community that help everyday is really not enough. I tried 2-3 times in the past to donate through the site but I had paypal problems. I don’t know if it was known problem and/or if it’s fixed. I will retry.
I wish I was younger without family responsibilities to be able to really help with development. For the time being I will just try to give feedback, comment apps on HaikuDepot and report (reproducible) problems.
Thanks all in the community for making Haiku a reality day by day and please continue to do so. I believe there are other people like me out there that may use it but don’t speak a lot…