downloaded Free Personal Edition of BeOS
(Be Operating system). I also downloaded development tools.
In this short article I will try to introduce it to
who have not worked with it yet.
There are two copies of Personal edition.One is for
installation under Linux operating system and the other
installation under windows. After installation BeOS is
much dependent to these operating systems. Professional
edition of BeOS even does not need these two
for it's operation. It will boot by itself like Unix or
windows. Personal edition uses these OS environments as
base for its own file system that consists of only one file
500M in size.
It's why they call it an Operating system in a file. All
files and applications reside inside this file and make
complete file system. Inside BeOS you do not even know
it's just a file. As this file is 500M maximum size of
Personal edition File system is 500M. But do not worry.
BeOS mounts all main kinds of partitions easily.
For example it saw my fat16,fat32 and Linux ext2 file systems
and I was able to work with them like it's own file
I even installed a software on my fat32 partition.
I tried windows installation version. It was very quick
straight. It took me less than 10 minutes to have it up.
was a very beautiful and professional looking
with something like windows 2000. By the way it asked
a few questions. Most important is that It is more than
times to 5 times faster than windows 2000 and windows 98.
As soon as you click on some icon it's running. I was
surprised by it's speed. It's even faster than Linux X11
X window system with different window managers. It was
It was only after 20 seconds after the time I taught
dialing my ISP that I was ready to press dial button. It
contains a lot of multimedia (11 apps) and internet (5
applications ready for running. It also contains a
I also downloaded a lot of software's from :
http://www.bebits.com and http://www.downloads.com .
They include about 400M of programming languages, IDEs
tools and also internet, game and other entertainment
applications. As it seems they at Be.com has wanted this OS
to be a very powerful environment for internet,
and gaming purposes.
Programming kit includes network, game and windowing
You can download a Basic programming language with an
like MS Visual basic.
I must confirm that BeOS contains some bugs and weaknesses but
it has done its first steps better than its successors.
I downloaded it and I will continue to use and develop
applications for it.
I wish it will be enough powerful and widely used very
because it worth's it. Go on ! you test it too.
Home of BeOS is Be corporation at :