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udaykamboj
U heard about this OS a long time back. Is it still in the market?
{name here}
Be Inc. went belly up a couple years ago. BeOS R5 can be downloaded free of charge legally at http://beosonline.com/ . There is also haiku - http://haiku-os.org which is an open source clone of BeOS. There is also YellowTAB Zeta, a proprietary successor to BeOS at http://yellowtab.com/ which rings in at about $99 USD.

BeOS is pretty cool. It loads fast even on the slowest of machines. It's GUI is very clean-cut an modern looking, and surprisingly fast. I gave up using it because of its lack of software. I need the GIMP and audacity, becuase I'm a person who enjoys making YTMNDs, and BeOS just doesn't have those tools or something that equals it as far as I've seen in BeBits.
copilot
How old looking is this OS? I have an older laptop that I like to use for testing different OS's. I'll try this one unless you think it would be a waste of time.
elcyron
it's not a matter of how old, rather wether or not you like the interface.
longtime MSwindows users might not enjoy BeOS.

i tried yellowtab last year, but as stated above the lack of software is a problem.
{name here}
copilot wrote:
How old looking is this OS? I have an older laptop that I like to use for testing different OS's. I'll try this one unless you think it would be a waste of time.

It's actually very modern looking. Here are screenshots: http://toastytech.com/guis/b5pe.html
brweb
I am a newbie and want to install BeOS. I have some questions :

1. is this true that BeOS requires Windows for starting?
2. What is the main difference between Windows, BeOS and Linux?
3. How BeOS works?
DarkCore
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I am a newbie and want to install BeOS. I have some questions :

1. is this true that BeOS requires Windows for starting?
2. What is the main difference between Windows, BeOS and Linux?
3. How BeOS works?


1. You need Windows, Linux, or BeoS to burn the images on to a CD. Each BeOS "distro" has instuctions. (BeOS Dev Edition, BeOS Max Edition, and BeOS Personal Edition).

2. Windows and linux have support for more devices and run more applications. BeOS does not.

3. BeOS works like any other OS. It loades the kernel. But it works more like Linux.

BeOS Max is the best way to try out BeOS. (www.beosmax.org)
{name here}
I found BeOS Developer Edition a little better. Oh, and BeOS doesn't require to be started by Windows unless you are dealing with the old personal edition. Developer and Max will allow you to dual boot.
corey
Geting the BeOS bible, maybe from Amazon or Ebay might be a really good idea. It looks like you should be able to do a lot with it, but without documentation (which is lacking int he install - its in the book), its a bit harder to get used to than other operating systems which have more available documentation. I'd have kept it if I had been able to get 3D accelleration to work with my video card, though. It was quaint to use.

Good luck with it.
Ed Kirkland
I think BeOS is DOA?
I liked the looks, but I did not download it...
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