At a glance
Be Inc.
no longer exists
Not available, Not Supported
5.1 (beta)
GUI, Multitasking
Summary News Requirements Compatibility Interface Installation Variants
Versions Downloads Links Publisher Support Alternatives Secrets Pricing
Summary Be OS is a full GUI OS that is optimized for video and audio performance. Personal edition is available free, which uses an existing Windows partition (but Windows is not running). Pro edition can also run in its native Be partition. Sadly BeOS is no longer, but a new group has formed using some of the Be APIs called Haiku.
News 11-Feb-2002 Beta 5.1Web-leaked version (eWeek)
12-Nov-2001 Site access limited, OS is no longer downloadable.
16-Aug-2001 Be Announces the sale of Intellectual Property and technology assets to Palm.
Product Be OS
Processor Pentium 90 MHz or better (higher speed recommended)
RAM 32 MB (assumed)
Drive space 512 MB Personal edition, 256 MB or larger for Pro Edition
Drives Runs from hard disk
Video VGA or better
File systems FAT, FAT32, NTFS (Personal edition runs in these partitions)
Be (Pro edition)
Compatibility Be programs
Interface GUI operation View Desktop
Installation Personal Edition is installed from Windows 95/98/NT/2000 and places a 512 MB file to hold the BeOS and swap area. Pro edition uses a Be specific Partition similar to other Unix/Linux OSes. Pro can be installed in any Primary partition on any drive, but not logical partitions.
Variants Personal Edition (free download)
Pro Edition
Versions 5.0.3
5.1d (Beta, not offically released)
Downloads No
Links Be
Books Unix Categories: All - BeOS

Top titles
Publisher Be, Inc.
800 El Camino Real, Suite 400
Menlo Park, CA 94025

Phone 650-462-4100
Support No longer.
Alternatives Linux, SCO, Solaris, Windows, Haiku
Secrets Hold Ctrl-Alt-Shift down and click on the Deskbar for the menu. A new item called "Windows Decor" will be listed. From Windows Decor, you can change the style of BeOS to match Windows 9x, MacOS, or the Amiga OS.
Pricing Pricing prior to shutting down operations
Personal Edition - Free
Pro Edition - $69.95
Pro Edition Upgrade - $34.95
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