Nope, it’s not the latest Jimmy Dean product – it’s new piece of software that simplifies the process of installing Haiku to a USB device. Created by Fredrik Modeen, the concept is simple but quite clever: it’s a small Windows application that will download the latest Haiku disk image and copy the contents to a USB device that the user chooses.

While it’s always been simple to install Haiku from within BeOS, the process can be much more daunting for those who don’t currently use BeOS – and running Haiku in a virtual machine is much slower than using it on real hardware. Haiku on a Stick should allow many potential Haiku users to try it out on real hardware.

Update: in the comments for this post, reader “Leszek” pointed out that there is an equivalent application for Linux called “Haiku-DD” (created by the same developers behind the ZevenOS project).

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Leszek on 2009-02-13 at 07:08 (Reply)
Just to mention there is a linux variant also avaiable (originaly developed for ZevenOS) for download.
The Haiku DD-Installer can Install Haiku Raw Image on a USB Stick or Harddisk very easily.

Download and Screenshot : http://www.zevenos.com/about/haiku-dd-installer
seddick on 2009-02-14 at 09:04 (Reply)
Yikes! If zevenos is as crappy as that front-end, it... fits right in with the rest of the other scriptkiddy linux distros... It's the epitome of the difference between a half-assed linux app and Haiku. Fugly skinning? Enter paths by hand in a textbox? Resizable window without resizing the content? Strings and widgets drawn all over each other? Are you serious?
Stick to "dd" from the commandline everyone. It's so much more cleaner.
Leszek on 2009-02-16 at 09:55 (Reply)
Design is something subjective. One likes it another doesn't.

There are some design bugs, the window shouldn't be resizable
You don't need to enter the paths by hand a doubleclick on the textbox opens up a filechooser dialog.
I am currently working on a new bugfixed version
Jim Saxton on 2009-02-15 at 14:00 (Reply)
Haiku on a stick does not work.

The software does not run at all. Windows xp complains "The application failed to initialize properly(0xc0000135)".
Stephen B. on 2009-02-15 at 16:15 (Reply)
It works fine here (XP Pro, SP3). Were you trying to run it from inside the zip file, maybe?
Jim Saxton on 2009-02-15 at 18:10 (Reply)
Xp pro sp3, the same os I am using, and no not from the zip folder.
Stephen B. on 2009-02-15 at 19:18 (Reply)
It looks like it depends on the .NET framework (not sure which version). If you don't have .NET installed, that could be the source of the problem.

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