Hi all, I'm new to BeOS since x86 porting. I have couple of queries regarding BeOS.
1, What is the difference between BeOS Max, BeOS Developer Edition from www.beosonline.com and Haiku ?. Is BeOS Dev Ed 2.x Haiku or Zeta.
2, Where can i download Haiku ?.
3, Will newer versions of BeOS run on Apple or any G3, G4 or G5 PPC based machines ?.
BeOS Max and BeOS Dev Edition are "distributions" of the BeOS R5 Personal Edition that Be, Inc. officiall released for free before they "disappeared". These are essentially re-hashes of the R5 PE files with a bootable CD, installer, the free development tools, and some 3rd party apps and drivers that you can fine on BeBits (www.bebits.com). Neither of these are "Zeta" - but there are probably some Haiku packages included such as drivers and replacement apps like ShowImage and StyleEdit for which the Haiku versions are actually more feature-packed than the originals.
These distro’s generally make a good starting point for people new to BeOS, and I have used both of them in the past. I use a BeOS MAX install for my Haiku development currently.
Haiku is a complete re-write of the OS including the Kernel, many of the already-available open-source drivers, the preferences, the already-open source OpenTracker/Deskbar that is used in many of the other distros as well (this is the UI shell), and the various servers/kits/libraries/add-ons that make up the OS.
You can build Haiku yourself and install it on a separate hard drive - or download a hard drive image, or VMWare image from a couple places which I don’t have URLs for at the moment (search the forums for VMWare or image).
Official builds of Haiku and related packages can be found at the Haiku build factory:
If you want to build Haiku yourself, the easiest way is to install a BeOS system first, and download the necessary build tools. There are some threads here in the forum with instructions on how to do that as well, or you can visit the Haiku wiki which should have some additional instructions:
There is a good possibility that Haiku will be able to run on newer PPC machines - some porting has already taken place, but I am not sure of the status. The last version of BeOS R5 Pro was also available for PPC, but I think it ran on a limited number of older machines, and did not support newer PPCs.
If you are interested in Zeta, you can purchase it from one of YellowTab’s distributors. Zeta is essentially the release of BeOS R6 which was never officially released by Be, Inc. I don’t know much about it other than what I read.