I’ve been lurking and briefly experimenting with Haiku for many years. I just tried out haiku-r1beta1-hrev52295-13-gebd3fb55d9, and wow, let me tell you, you guys have made some incredible progress! Congrats to all the developers who have been grinding away at this for so long.
Specifically, I tested the live USB on an old (~2009 era?) Acer 4810T laptop. You can find the specs if you Google around, I imagine this forum won’t let me post links yet as a new user. Last time I tried Haiku about 8 months or a year ago it wouldn’t boot on the laptop, and I had the same experience several times before that as well. Now it looks like it’s fixed. Impressive hardware support! Intel WiFI worked out of the box and connected to my home network way faster than Linux does. The correct 1366x768 screen resolution was working out of the box and even the screen brightness control works, which does NOT work under Linux! The touchpad works, although it occasionally feels like it double-clicks when I want to single-click, but it might just be a matter of playing with the settings more. The only real limitation with the touch pad is that two-finger scrolling doesn’t work. (Scrolling on the side of the touchpad does work.)
I was hoping to use Haiku for playing live music with my MIDI piano keyboard. I was particularly impressed that it came with the MidiPlayer and a built-in piano soundfont out of the box, and it recognized my keyboard on the first try. The only problem is the very bad latency (~250ms). I’ve read that HaikuOS and BeOS are renowned for low latency, and the CPU monitor shows low-latency is enabled, so I imagine that the latency I’m hearing is from a buffer somewhere being set too high. Could I change that somehow?
The WebPositive browser chokes on this forum. Admittedly the hardware is very underpowered, but it still runs Firefox and Chrome in Linux well enough to be usable. I can’t seem to find the app center so as to install something else.
Again, congrats for the fantastic progress!