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BeOS installation

BenoƮt PAPILLAULT, 2003-10-07
Last update 2005-03-03

Some explanations

BeOS is an operating system sold by Be Incorporated. Since November 2001, 12th, Be Incorporated has sold all its intellectual property to Palm, stoppping the development of BeOS. To help BeOS's users, I decided to write a USB library for BeOS. But to begin with, i need to install BeOS first! Installation guide that I read on various web site were done either under Linux or Windows, whereas I wanted to install BeOS from a bootable CD. Here is the method I follow:

Requirement

You need to download BeOS R5 Personal Edition for Linux on this web site BeBits.Com here : http://www.bebits.com/app/2680 . The computer on which you will install BeOS should have at minimum :
  • a screen
  • a keyboard
  • a mouse!

building the bootable CD

Build has been done under Linux with the following commands:
$ tar ztvf BeOS4Linux.tar.gz 
-rw-rw-rw- builder/users   538 2000-03-27 22:55:36 readme
-r--r--r-- builder/users 1474560 2000-03-29 02:23:56 floppy.img
-rw-rw-rw- builder/users 524288000 2000-03-28 11:17:18 image.be
floppy.img is in reality a 1.44MB floppy image that we will transform into a bootable CD with the following commands:
# mkdir empty
# cp floppy.img empty/
# mkisofs -o floppy.iso -b floppy.img -R empty
image.be is a BeFS partition image of 500MB. We will burn it on the same CD with the following command:
# cdrecord -dev=0,0,0 -data floppy.iso image.be
You now have a nice BeOS installation CD !
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