I have been following Haiku for a few years. Coming from a Mac OS (the real one) background I’ve always found Be OS familiar & cool and I was among those feeling sad that Apple went with NextStep instead of Be OS for their Next-Gen OS.
That said, I didn’t do much more with Haiku other than dropping it into a VirtualBox and looking a bit around.
That changed, however, the past weekend when my neighbor gifted me his “old” Acer Travelmate P-253 M 53234G50Mnks. Out of interest I tried to install Haiku beta 3 on it and - lo and behold - the thing booted into it right away. Things worked “out-of-the-box” and Haiku runs natively on the machine. Very nice! I love the aestethics of Haiku and the sheer speed. (the machine had Windows 8.1 crawling on it, Haiku is so much more responsive)
With the help of the User Guide (yes, some folks DO READ that stuff) I’ve already been able to answer most of my questions and even learned a few functions (i love the stack & tile functionality!) and the fact that a window is minimized by double-clicking its topbar. (the old Mac-heads among you may remember WindowShade on Mac OS, kind of remininiscent)
Been exploring the HaikuDepot for the past two days and found a lot of interesting stuff. At one point even my wife became interested when she saw there’s Office Suites. I just wish there would be more original Haiku software other than the usual *nix / SDL culprits.
The only two things I couldn’t get to work yet on the Acer Travelmate P253 M are the included webcam (not that bad) and Sound (that’s bad, as I’d love to listen to webradio using StreamRadio).
Is there anything that can be done against that if it’s not working out of the box? (additional drivers etc.?)
Second question - can Haiku print via generic postscript? I’d really like to use it for handling typical “office” stuff.
Also, I’d like to point out how much I appreciate all the work that people pour into Haiku. It is already now an amazing experience and I’m looking forward to see it evolve while sticking to its core principles.
Won’t take much more before I can finally drop out of the world of T2 security chips and annoying push-notifications and return to the world of true Personal Computing and high productivity!