As everyone has probably already read on half a dozen other sites, the Haiku Project recently made the second Alpha version available, officially dubbed “Haiku R1A2” (R1 Alpha 2). Here’s the announcement on the Haiku website, IsComputerOn, BeGroovy, and OSNews.

The release can be obtained, in various formats & via various download methods, from the main Get Haiku page. The most notable changes since Alpha 1 are the inclusion of Wifi support (with support for WEP encryption and several common wireless chipsets) and, of course, WebPositive – a Haiku-native browser based on webkit (and with a GUI based on NetPositive).

Playing around with the release for a few hours should bring a warm glow to any old BeOS user’s heart (or at least the nostalgia center of the brain). A few quick first impressions: the installation has seen a few improvements, and it’s as painless as always. WebPositive is already stable and functional enough for most day-to-day usage, and it’s quite pleasant to use. And, even more so than Alpha 1, it is noticeably faster & more responsive than R5 on the same hardware.

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mario on 2010-06-12 at 03:36 (Reply)
Can it be installed on a separate drive? My only (safe) way to try it, is to have a completely empty separate drive on which it would be installed, and not have any multiboot menu (no change to the MBR) - I would select the drive to boot onto from the BIOS. Is that possible with Haiku R2?
Stephen B. on 2010-06-13 at 15:06 (Reply)
That should work, it's almost exactly the same setup I have (Haiku Alpha 2 installed on a spare 40GB drive). The only difference/possible hitch is your requirement that there be no modifications to the MBR - if you don't install the bootloader during Haiku's install, then you'll probably need to use partitioning software to set the partition as "active" in order to boot from it (otherwise, you'd probably get one of those "No Operating System Found" errors while trying to boot).

The other option, which is probably simpler: when you do the Haiku install, remove/unplug every drive *except* for the one that you're installing Haiku onto. That way, you can safely install the Haiku bootmanager to the Haiku drive/partition without touching the MBR of your primary drive. So when you select the drive from the BIOS drive selection menu, the Haiku bootmanager would run from that drive's MBR & then load Haiku.
mario on 2010-06-30 at 00:45 (Reply)
Thanks. Are you sure the MBR of the primary drive is affected? When I boot from a CD or a USB stick on a PC, I am pretty sure there is no info on these, in the MBR.
flo on 2012-05-02 at 12:59 (Reply)
alpha3 released

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