If you want to run Haiku then select Haiku on the main page. Then select which version of Haiku you want to run (only one version is currently available). Then after a 20 second delay you should be able to remote control a Haiku virtual machine in your browser.
Internet access is currently disable until a better plan how to prevent abuse is in place. If you start your Haiku virtual machine without being logged in then the machine is permanently deleted on shutdown. If you register/log in your virtual machine is stored in persistent storage. So the next time you return to the website you get the same machine back.
Please let me know if you have any suggestions/feedback for the service.
I just tried it and it works really good
Actually,it worked a lot better than I expected.
The machine starts fast and runs smoothly.
Input is lagging a bit,but that’s not your fault,I use Tor for everything and that delays the connection quite a bit.
The hardware limits are also good,especially considering it’s a free service
I have only one small suggestion to improve: Please self-host your fonts,so that data-kraken Google isn’t fed when it’s not needed.
It’s really easy to do,see here: google webfonts helper
Please make my uBlock Origin happy
If you read patches since R1B4 release you can get fixes soon with using nightly images - so if you accept it, you can have it.
It is 2 edge blade always and devs are careful.
Some fixes, enhancements caused new differrent issues, so they give time to the important patch(es) prove their usefulness and is(are) without problematic side-effects.
Lately some patches must be altered to do not cause error/issue elsewhere in Haiku, sometimes directly revert it.
This way we - who remain on beta versions - get the goodies later.
Now we have stabilizations in the USB disks, network, several memory leaks, other important stuff like Posix support that awaits next release to get into a Beta version.
If you do not have a chance to have a nightly install
→ in a VM
→ or on yet another machine
→ or parttition.
The release of new Haiku level with affected fix is available now
upgrade package haiku-r1~beta4_hrev56578_93-1 to r1~beta4_hrev56578_95-1 from repository Haiku
upgrade package makefile_engine-r1~beta4_hrev56578_93-1 to r1~beta4_hrev56578_95-1 from repository Haiku
upgrade package haiku_loader-r1~beta4_hrev56578_93-1 to r1~beta4_hrev56578_95-1 from repository Haiku
upgrade package haiku_datatranslators-r1~beta4_hrev56578_93-1 to r1~beta4_hrev56578_95-1 from repository Haiku
upgrade package haiku_extras-r1~beta4_hrev56578_93-1 to r1~beta4_hrev56578_95-1 from repository Haiku
upgrade package userland_fs-r1~beta4_hrev56578_93-1 to r1~beta4_hrev56578_95-1 from repository Haiku
upgrade package haiku_devel-r1~beta4_hrev56578_93-1 to r1~beta4_hrev56578_95-1 from repository Haiku
upgrade package webpositive-r1~beta4_hrev56578_93-1 to r1~beta4_hrev56578_95-1 from repository Haiku
Thank you all for testing Instant Workstation. It will take me some time to address all of your feedback and comments.
About the SSL/TLS certificate error, the instantworkstation.com certificate was signed by “Sectigo Limited”. This CA is by default trusted by most web browsers and operating systems. If you can get an error then consider adding this CA (“Sectigo Limited”) to your browser’s and/or operating system’s trust store.
About the reports about the laggy mouse, the dedicated server hosting this service is located in Helsinki, Finland. So if you are outside of Europe the lag may be quite high. If this project gets enough interest then additional servers may be added on other continents too.
Currently an x86 server is hosting the machines. The machines run with KVM, that is why performance is relatively good. I am hoping to later add ARM and RISC-V virtual machines too running in KVM mode. This will naturally require real ARM and RISC-V hardware to host these machines.
In the meantime I have added terminal view support for Haiku on Instant Workstation. You can now use both the GUI (VNC) and terminal views (SSH). Please see the attached screenshot for how terminal view in Haiku looks:
A thought on enabling internet connectivity: Could it be possible to tunnel from the user’s browser, a proxied connection? If there’s a means to pipe a (web)socket through, any number of encapsulations can shove the internet through it from the user’s computer.