Okay, everyone, I got it running! I’d taken the CD burner out of the main Mac I use to run virtual machines, write reviews, etc. (replaced it with a 2nd hard drive/SSD bay), so that made getting the “Be Dev Edition” going interesting, but in the end, voila! It works.
For any other Be+Mac fans reading, a quick (and free) way to handle BIN/CUE files on Mac OS (10.3+) is to use an open source app called Burn. However, if you don’t have a CD writable on hand and a burner, there’s another way. Compile or download a pre-built version of qemu, which you’ll need to continue CD-less. The first I tried is to assign the first track/image as a floppy disk, with track 2 for the CD. However, as I might’ve guessed, this ended in a KP with the CD being unable to mount (at least on my system). It’s a long shot anyway. So, the way I’ve confirmed works (which I discovered when trying to bring R3 back to life to review it) is to create/install a second hard disk (as -hdb), initialize it (with the BeFS), mount then copy everything from the second track of the CD (I used Dano for this; R5 may work), write the boot sector and set up menu options (I usually let it wait 5 seconds), and restart from the new manual install. After that, start with the new hard disk attached only. The VM should boot up and work (be sure to boot in safe graphics mode for color).
First thing BeDE asked for is the timezone. One difference I noticed is that the background solid is set to a deep blue, which is different than what I’ve seen so far:
Anyways, proof it works is here’s the main desktop. I noticed the desktop background is the same as PhOS if I’m not mistaken, and I also noticed the about box mentions “VIMBA”.
And now that I’ve got it up and running, the only thing I could think this refers to is a fish. The release notes mention the Vimba team, but no mention on what it stands for. If anyone knows, that’d be great