I enjoyed looking over Haiku and left some comments in an earlier post. I changed my time - not my mind. Haiku is not yet ready for me. When I can go in and play a FLAC music file and an OGG and MKV video simply by double-clicking on it in Tracker, as well as have a python file open in an IDE (of any sort), ready to fail to compile my program, then I will have another look.
I can even live with the performance hit, yet I feel that if Haiku is slower than Linux, to any great degree, it will go hard on it as a desktop replacement.
What is great about it is the simplicity of the boot loader. Still, the documentation for at least the Linux part of it could be improved, mainly because you recommend the dd command, which is the most dangerous command in Linux, as the first thing someone needs to do. I used dd quite a bit and even I felt uncomfortable following the instructions, as the umount failed and so on …
What I did, and you could probably copy this into the documentation, is this:
Plug in the usb stick and watch Linux file manager open up all of the partitions on the stick
Close all of the windows it just opened.
Use Gparted (graphical partition manager) - start it after loading the usb stick or you will need to reload…
a) Select each partition in turn and chose the “unmount” option from the menu
Close Gparted, open Nemo (or other file manager) as root and browse to the folder you stored the .iso file (note - the documentation says .image file, and doesn’t mention unzip - some users would dd the zip file … best to tell them to unzip it first)
Right mouse click on the background of the folder and open a terminal window. Path is now set to folder containing the .iso file. (note - I renamed the iso to haiku.iso to make the dd easier and safer - you could do that too, if you liked)
run the lsblk command - this is best to see the devices and partitions you have. If you are like me, you have an sdc1, sdc2 and sdc3. These all get wiped using the following dd command !!WATCH OUT!!:
dd if=haiku.iso of=/dev/sdX
where X is the number of your device, in my example it would be sd1
I once wiped every hard disk partition on my system with a single miss-spelled command as root - I had only heard about things like that yet had not before experienced it - take care with dd.
Thanks again a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all