Been a few years since I tried to run Haiku. For the past 11 years I’ve been living aboard a yacht, which isn’t really conducive to doing such things. Last night I noticed that a beta release had been made this year so I decided to try it. Here are my findings.
Hardware: Dell T7610 workstation.
Configuration: Dual Xeon E5-2630 v2 @ 2.6GHz, 64GB RAM, DVD, BluRay, Wi-fi, Logitech wireless keyboard, PS2 mouse.
Storage: 500GB primary SSD (drive C), 110GB primary SSD (old Haiku drive), 110GB primary SSD (experimental Haiku-compatible OS), 500GB external SSD USB backup drive (drive D), Fujitsu 500GB general storage drive (drive G) used mainly for genetics research, storing genome files and so on.
Comments: Neither of the 110GB drives will completely boot on this hardware.
Software: Windows 7 SP1 64-bit
Procedure: Burned the ISO onto an SD card using a USB card reader and Win32 Disk Imager. Rebooted, set BIOS to boot off USB and away we went.
Stuff that worked:
- The CPU fires up on all 24 cylinders, and all memory is recognised. I’m impressed that it actually booted at all on such modern hardware. Kudos, this is progress.
- I can run 10 rotating teapots at 125 fps, limited mainly by video speed. Pretty good.
Stuff that didn’t work: I’ll try to keep a neutral tone in order not to offend anyone. This is NOT a comprehensive list, just what I noticed within 5 minutes of booting.
- Can’t see HaikuOS SSDs attached to the system. At all. I can see them with BFSViewer from Windows, so they’re not dead.
- Drive C is represented by a drive marked “unnamed” which seems to be the 100MB system partition; the actual drive C isn’t visible, nor is drive G. Drive D (external) is mountable and readable.
- WebPositive is almost useless, it can’t even go to links in the docs when they’re clicked.
- Egasky Venu 2414 wi-fi extender doesn’t work. Ralink USB wi-fi dongle doesn’t work (uses same RT3070 chip). Since I’ve had both of these working years ago on Haiku, we seem to have gone backwards.
- No English date format available, only US-style MM/DD/YYYY (trivial but annoying)
- “Could not find the mixer.”
- No video or audio input or output.
- Haiku3D won’t close.
- Random lockups on several other programs tested briefly.
Rating: A for effort, F for usability.