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Not sure if there are any of the TWiki users/developers who still use BeOS as their desktop OS on regular basis, but there should be some who at least tried it. This wonderful and powerful buzz-word embedded operating system, has something over 90% of POSIX compatibility (although GUI based it has mighty bash) even though it is single user system (has a foundation of system level support for multi-user). Although modern (legacy free) OS, with it's fantastic ...
  • BFS - DataBaseLikeFileSystem (64bit with journaling),
  • preemptive multithreading (probably the best implementation in x86 world, made him named poor-mans-SGI ;),
  • fantastic SMP implementation (up to 8 CPUs),
  • full-object oriented design (can be therefore easily updated with system level support for alien file systems, file formats, codecs...),
  • clean and simple API design (should be easy for new developers to prototype their applications),
  • focused on high bandwidth digital media needs (can play multiple videos, mp3 and remain stable),
  • very nice GUI,

and many more features... it still didn't make it to the wider acceptance on desktop due to a Microsoft’s policy to OEM, who could not afford to bundle free (as in no-licensing-fee) operating system and lose the already running business with Microsoft95/98/ME product line.

Be Inc. failed to be profitable and was bought by Palm. Now all the technology and developers are getting implemented in new Palm Source branch which makes Palm OS.

HOWEVER... a number independent developers with support of community are rebuilding BeOS as OpenBOS @ SourceForge as OpenSource project under MIT license (which might change). They are progressing very rapidly by replacing part by part of BeOS with it's open source equivalent (with max backward compatibility and enhancing performance), while they use the core of NewOS as kernel.

WHY AM I WRITING ALL THIS... well not to convert you to it (although you are welcomed to do so ;), but to claim that it is actually OK to support BeOS and it's successor OpenBeOS. Apache, Perl, Mozilla are available for web applications like TWiki and most of the GNU tools with CLI can be easily recompiled for BeOS if they are not already available as binaries on BeBits.

For more info on BeOS and progress of OpenBeOS please visit the first Wiki in BeOS community Wiki@BeBits.

-- ZeljkoBlace - 18 Aug 2002

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