By fuka ¬∑ 15 replies
Mar 7, 2002
  1. Can someone give me some info about what exactly beos is? I know its an operating system, thats about it, hah.

    1. is it a unix based system? or what?
    2. compatibility?


  2. svtcobra

    svtcobra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 761

    Its gone is what it is..Be decided to call it quits and sold itself to Palm.

    Here is the press release:

    Go play with Linux..
  3. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +8

  4. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    BeOS is not dead as long as there's at least one user using it! New applications or updates are being released almost every day at BeBits

  5. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    To answer your questions, fuka:
    1 - BeOS is not UNIX based system. It's somewhat POSIX compliant - in other words, Unix applications that don't use graphics are likely to compile under BeOS. It has its own GUI which has nothing to do with XFree86 (or other UNIX GUIs).
    2 - There's a compatibility list at
    You'll see that quite a lot of recent hardware work with it.
  6. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,730   +379

    Infact before Apple invested in NeXT they had made an offer to buy BeOS to build their latest MacOS on. Just their offer hadn't seemed good enough at the time for the owner to sell, now Palm have acquired BeOS as Mic says ;)

    Shows you what the big boys thought about BeOS.
  7. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    As svtcobra says!
  8. Ion Hunter

    Ion Hunter TS Rookie

    BeOS should of been the OS of the future. I find it more stable, faster, compliant, than any other OS on the market.

    My wife, who is very very computer illiterit, found it easier to use the Be operating enviroment than Windows XP! Sure, its not the tweakers/hackers paradice like Linux, and it's not as wide spread as Windows, but they sure but together an OS that gave the competition a hefty scare. :eek:
  9. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    Good to have another BeOS user here! I felt a bit lonely..:)
  10. ScarletHippo

    ScarletHippo TS Rookie Posts: 20

    I ususally just ignore beOS. But after reading that FAQ that Mictlantecuhtli posted, i must say my interest is peaked, to say the least. I was thinking of making a dedicated Linux box, but know I'm undecided as to whether i want Linux or beOS. what do you all think?

    p.s. Sorry for hijacking this thread a bit
  11. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    If there's room for both, install both, if not, install BeOS :)
  12. MYOB

    MYOB TS Rookie Posts: 492

    Is BEOs still available? the company site has that forbidiing air of "we're closed" on it, and I know Palm bought the staff and technology last november. If so, where? I've got personal edition, but i want the full pro version
  13. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    Pro isn't free because it contains some licensed software such as RealPlayer G2 & MP3 encoder. It might still be available in some stores, possibly with a bargain price. Also, you might want check out BeoS Developer's Edition. Are there specific reasons why PE isn't enough? You can create BFS partitions with its DriveSetup and copy the files there, bypassing that 500M limit.
    Actually, I have R4.5 and R5 Pro, originals, for sale :).
  14. MYOB

    MYOB TS Rookie Posts: 492

    The only problem I have with PE is the boot disk. If I could use a boot loader, it would be fine. Real Player doesn't interest me, and I still have XP with its patched version of MP8 to encode MP3's
  15. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    You can, if you do as I said earlier, ie. copy the files into a real BFS partition (and install BootMan or similar tool). As you might know, BeOS is installed simply by copying the files to another drive.
  16. MYOB

    MYOB TS Rookie Posts: 492

    I remembered that as soon as i went offline, and i've done it. And my two Windows OS's are working too, so my triple boot is properly up and running. So now i casn get rid of my ancient Win95 machine
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