New User Introduction

Hello all,
I’d just like to introduce myself here… I’m Rob, I’m an engineer in Dublin, Ireland, and I’ve found out about the Haiku project through some Amiga websites. I’ve been an Amiga user for years and years, but always love trying out different OSes, learning what they have to offer and maybe trying my hand at coding. I have a spare PC which currently has Ububtu on it, but it has a spare hard drive in it, and I think Haiku looks like just the thing.

I was wondering if anyone had any tips for setting Haiku up to dual boot with Ubuntu? Some cursory Googling has let me to believe it can be a bit problematic…

Anyway, thanks in advance for any help, I’m looking forward to going home tonight and trying Haiku out :slight_smile:

It is not really hard, and if it is, you’re bound to learn something new :slight_smile:

I build haiku from source in Fedora, and install it to a free partition. Grub is able to chainload Haiku. Most of this is nicely described here:
EDIT: Just noticed this is slightly outdated, the subversion has moved to and

If you have a 64 bit environment, you need to configure with “linux32 ./configure --use-32bit --build-cross-tools <build tools dir> <options>” (see )

If you want to just install it from a raw image, you can dd it to a partition, but you still have to run makebootable somehow. I’ve never done that, but some googling might help. You can always ask around in #haiku (

Good luck!

Great, thanks very much! I’ll have a bash at it anyway - it’s a spare PC so nothing much to lose but a few hours, and like you say, even if it doesn’t work I’ll probably learn something in the process! And it’s a 32-bit AthlonXP so 64-bit wouldn’t be a problem anyway.

Not really at the stage of performing builds or anything, so I was hoping to use the alpha CD to install it to the 2nd drive and just configure Grub to offer it as a choice…

Hi Rob,

I have Xp and Linux Mint(Ubuntu) on my laptop. Likewise Im not going to start compilling from source and just installed the Alpha CD.

I dont remember having an major problems. After your done installing just maintain an entry in GRUB for Haiku the same way you would for windows.

Grub works with booting Haiku. Very simple to do. Look over this page to get you started.

Cool, that sounds promising :slight_smile: I’ll let you know how I get on…

Well, here I am, posting from BeZilla on Haiku. Installation was fine, however it’s the first time I’d encountered Grub v2, and took me a little while and a lot of Googling to configure it properly.

But it’s working now, and I’m impressed :slight_smile: Thanks guys, keep up the great work!!

yes, grub2 works somewhat differently I hear though I have not had to use it myself yet.

You can test out additional software on Haikuware:

Bezilla is Firefox 2.x and very slow on Haiku. Firefox runs on Haiku but was really intended for Linux OSes. There is also Qt Arora Browser which you can test out from here:

Haiku is somewhat similar to AmigaOS/MorphOS but on x86 hardware. I am sure you will like the look and feel of it. Welcome to Haiku.

Yep, Firefox is a bit of a heavyweight, and we’ll see what happens when they release Firefox 3 for AmigaOS :slight_smile: Thanks for the pointers, I briefly played with BeOS yeeeeaaars ago, but not enough to get to know it. It already feels quite Amiga-ish, some lovely little touches that I recognise instantly, and definitely far easier to understand the system files than under Linux! I’ll go installing whatever software I can get my hands on now :slight_smile:

New Haiku user, previous Be dabbler,

Just played around with Haiku yesterday, on my Ubuntu PC using VirutalBox. I was amazed at the quick boot time, especially compared to Windows XP on VB.

Just wondering if the speed is the same in Virtual Box as for those of you who installed it to your (real) HD? Also since this is an Alpha, is there somewhere to register our hardware / machine to help with development / bug tracking? Just want to do my part and help out any way I can.

Hi natgab!

I ran Haiku for many months under VMWare and VirtualBox. While it’s running OK in a vm, on real hardware it really flies! If at all possible, I really recommend trying the real thing.

There’s no official list, but you can enter your system at Haikuware’s Hardware Database. This, of course, only makes sense when your not running virtual…


Hi all!

I love Haiku. I am also registered as Dave_j. I am working on a hardware platform for Haiku and want to offer a distro for HTPC called HiA.


I was able to boot my computer using the Haiku Live/Install disc. I know from CD its slow, but I was able to get on the internet and I downloaded some mpeg1 videos and the audio/video played fine. I am currently trying to figure out how to fix GRUB so that I can dual boot (2 HDs) Ubuntu 9.04 and Haiku.

I will add my hardware to the database, but here is the info for anybody shopping for a computer. (everything is listed as working for a Hackintosh too):

Intel G41 Northbridge / Intel ICH7 Southbridge / Intel GMA X4500 video
Realtek ALC888-B audio / Realtek 8111DL nic

Intel Pentium E6300 Wolfdale Dual-Core 2.8GHz LGA 775 65 watts

Crucial 4GB SDRAM DDR 800 (PC2 6400)

GIGABYTE GV-N84S-512I GeForce 8400 GS 512MB PCI Express 2.0 x16

SYBA PCI USB 2.0 & 1394a combo card


I am a newbie here, and lucky to be part of this site. Looking forward to learn new things and share ideas to others…

i got haiku on my eee pc (900ha, 2 gb ram), triple booting slackware, opensolaris and haiku.
haiku is the fastest (13seconds) booting o.s. i have :stuck_out_tongue: if you think that bezilla is slow you could give arora a try.
i’m using lilo as the boot manager just added haiku as a windows partition and it worked ok.

Hi all,

I am new in this forum. So please support with me…


Gonna throw in my 2 cents here. If you have a second hard disk to spare or if you’ve prepared a partition for Haiku and your Live CD/USB boots successfully, I’ve found installation to be a breeze. My media of choice is a specially prepared USB flash drive that can boot Haiku or Ubuntu (via GRUB) so I can use gparted to do non destructive repartitioning.

I’m surprised no one here has mentioned WebPositive, Haiku’s native webkit based web browser. Much more responsive than Firefox/Bezilla and pretty darn slick for a browser that basically did not exist when alpha 1 was released back in September. It has come a very long way in just a couple of months though, to be honest, we must give credit to the guys who have been soldiering on with the webkit port for much longer than that.The only thing I miss in WebPositive is Flash support but, in any case, I haven’t got gnash working with firefox in recent times either.

edit: Ooops! if I had taken the time out to look at the dates of the original post (OP) and all the rest except the post immediately before thus one, I would not be surprised that no one had mentioned WebPositive since it did not exist at the time. The OP was way back in November when Webpositive was just a twinkling in Stippi’s eye!