Hardware

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Computer + hardware compatibility lists

For Haiku

If you want to run a real Be desktop (not based on Gnu/Linux, BSD, etc.) on a modern-day machine, you will want to download the Haiku operating system. Haiku has a Hardware Info page which you can look through here.

You can also visit the Haiku Computer List page (unofficial) ->

For more resources, you can refer to this page on the BeSly Knowledge Base (hardware compatibility list), as well as the BeSly System Analysis Tool (SAT). There’s also an old pre-Beta 1 era computer compatibility list thread on the Haiku forum as well.

To add hardware to the Haiku Computer List, please see this form.

For BeOS

If you are looking for BeOS compatibility instead, please refer to the TyCom Systems page, the BeOS Ready page, or the FrizBe page, among other resources you may be able to find online.

Other systems (i.e. Zeven OS)

As one last note in this area, there are other operating system projects that have a Be-like desktop (a good example is ZevenOS). Any modern-day distributions should have their own compatibility lists or support available as well. In the case of Zeven OS, Xubuntu support would be the best place to look.

Zeta and PhOS are obsolete, and if you’re on these systems, it might be worth it to upgrade to the Haiku operating system. Or, if your hardware has to run an older system to work properly, BeOS lists may be the best resource for you to look at.

Current hardware

Most users will probably want to run Haiku or Be-like system of your choice on a compatible, modern Intel/AMD PC. Compatibility list links are given in the previous section.

Also, check out the TabbX project!

Historic hardware

BeBox

This was the iconic machine of the Be era, running the Be operating system (BeOS). Featuring Blinkenlights, a CD-ROM, dual processors, and a cool complement of blue! Learn more at Wikipedia.

I’ve drawn several illustrations, which are shown below, in raster format. Lossless illustrations can be downloaded from DeviantArt.

Front and side view
Front view
Back view

BeIA: Made for the web…

BeIA Overview

While the eVilla, the Be Webpad, and the IA-2 are the most popular (and are mentioned below), there is also a Flickr gallery showcasing several historic BeIA hardware and software moments in Be history! The gallery shows the Flora Prius, Edirol DV-7, and information on HARP (Home Audio Reference Platform), the Qubit Atom and Orbit, FIC Genesis 2000, Harrison LPC, and the “Music Republic” music client — amongst several other cool slides and pictures! To learn more about this, please visit the linked Flickr page!

Sony eVilla

Running BeIA, this all-in-one machine was meant to be an Internet appliance. Sadly, it never had the success Sony and Be had hoped.

A YouTube video of the device can be found here and an image of the device’s home screen can be found at Computer Weekly.

Compaq IA-2

Yet another Internet appliance; the IA-2 is a portable crossover between a netbook and an all-in-one desktop. For more, see this page: https://www.extremetech.com/internet/57728-internet-appliances-right-and-wrong?print

BeOS Webpad

A truly interesting device; this was meant to be a modern version of what the iPad later would accomplish. For more, see this page: https://raptureinvenice.com/trying-to-invent-the-ipad-back-in-2001/

More…

Of course, not all devices that had a port of BeIA or the BeOS are listed here, but these are the ones that appear in most searches and have been included here. If you know of another notable Be device/machine, mention it on the Haiku forum under the Be section!