I have never been very interested in running Haiku in a VM. I am far more interested in seeing how it runs on real hardware. I have two generations of Intel Atom desktops and a couple of Atom based netbooks. I’ve got access to other Intel based desktops and laptops. I’ve tried the beta on the laptop I’m using to compose this (Toshiba Satellite C55B, Intel Celeron N2820 w Bay Trail graphics) and it works except for WiFi.
I’ve also installed it on a desktop based on an Intel DH67GD mobo with a Core i5 2500k. The flash drive booted up fine but, after I installed, the installed version is having issues with the graphics driver. I used the same install media that I used for this laptop which uses EFI while the desktop is set to boot legacy. Not sure if that is the problem.
My most recent attempt to boot on real hardware was a Mac Pro 3.1 (Intel based). These are pretty decent computers despite their age. Very easy to open and upgrade and relatively inexpensive. The older models (1.1 and 2.1) are available at even lower prices but, they ship with 32 bit EFI firmware despite having 64 bit CPUs and architecture. This means that it is not straightforward to run 64 bit operating systems (even Mac OS X) on these machines since the built in 32 bit EFI will not load them. There are workarounds but, it can be frustrating to fight with them.
The one I tried today was similar to one I’m seeing on ebay (US) for $183.58, Buy it Now with free shipping with the description “APPLE MAC PRO 3.1 A1186 E5462 2.80 GHZ/ 500GB 13GB RAM SNOW LEOPARD”. When I held the “option” key down after the POSt completed it showed the Haiku install media as “EFI boot” and when I chose it nothing happened, the computer just froze, display the boot device selection screen. Anybody else trying Haiku on Apple hardware?