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What is BeOS?

BeOS was a proprietary (not open source) OS. BeOS is very similar to Unix although it is not a clone or related distribution. Nowadays you can run Haiku, which is covered on this page.


Haiku was originally released as OpenBeOS. This OS uses the Be File System (BFS) that works as a metadata database running on 400 MHz microprocessor, 128 MB of RAM and 700 MB of HDD space.

Haiku OS
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I have found it interesting that Haiku is partially POSIX-complaint and even included the Bash shell.

The only problem that I have encountered has been installing new applications. The repositories that Haiku lists in its website are either not responsive or no longer live. Its package manager (Haiku Depot) is missing from R1/Alpha 4.1 — its stable version released four years ago.

Installing BeOS (Haiku):

Note that I have only been able to install Haiku on a VDI, not as a sole OS on a HDD or partition using its .ISO image.

Like most operating systems, the installation is handled by a live disk. The process is straight forward. It loads all necessary drivers including the 802.11 adapter and there is barely any configuration needed.

Although Haiku recommends running its nightly builds, I have found them buggy especially when running the default web browser — WebPositive, which did not let me log in to my Google account.

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On a side note, I never stop thinking and processing information all around me. As such, one of the subjects that attracts me most (aside from technology and music) is human behavior, not limited to psychology and ethos of the individual and masses. Hence I usually read, study and write essays of my own. From all possible authors in this field, some of my favorites are (in order of interest) Nietzsche, Levinas and Kant. As such, I have published two science fiction books, in which I include my opinion on religion, sociology, psychology, politics, manipulation of the masses, media, science and various technologies.

Under the Thelian Sky, ISBN
             9781494232283, ASIN B00GTQBY04

In Under the Thelian Sky, mankind did not originate on Earth, but rather on Mars. When Mars could no longer sustain life, mankind had to escape and colonized Earth. Many years later, a study was written about the survival of mankind in Mars and its struggle in Earth led by Doctor Ajidan Edejem. We proved to be a species that has survived wars, slavery and other forms of abuse. All the while, the government controlled by "them" wants to keep everything quiet and even kill him for telling others about the unavoidable doom. Years before the extinction of life in Mars, the Thelian society was perfect, yet corrupted. Life was easy, yet difficult if you were different. For every good person, like Ahila Keinj who found peace in The Faith, there were many willing to destroy it all for gain while "they" controlled the fate of many. At the end, an outsider simply known as Operative Logger 9C56 tries to fight "them" and stop "their" manipulation of history and mankind.

You can get Under the Thelian Sky exclusively at Amazon — available on print (ISBN 9781494232283) and e-book (ASIN B00GTQBY04).

In The Daydreamer, Robert James is a normal New Yorker who wakes up one morning unsure what had happened in his life. He is accused of killing the woman he has always loved, but he remembers three possible realities. Which reality could be true? Has he dreamed these realities, seen this events or taken part of these strange acts? Is he a killer or is he being framed? Perhaps he knows the killer better than anyone else without realizing it.


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