BeOS is coming back


BeOS was an alternative operating system that was designed from the ground up to be a good multimedia platform.  The OS would boot in 15 seconds on any hardware and was rock solid in performance.  It was a real shame when Be Inc. went out of business a few years ago and took BeOS with it, but there is good news for BeOS lovers.  A German company, yellowTAB, has acquired the rights to BeOS and is getting ready to release version 1.0 of the successor to BeOS called Zeta.  Zeta will include everything in the last released version of the BeOS and also include planned enhancements that Be never got around to releasing, including kernel level networking.  A lot of screenshots of Zeta 1.0 are here and there is a lot of additional information in this NewsForge article.




I loved BeOS so much that I even bought shares in the company. Yeah I lost that money but not my love of the OS. It is still running beautifully on my old P166. At its high point in 1999-2000 I was running it full time, but had to switch back to Windows for Flash and Dreamweaver. It is great to see people are carrying on developing it and makes me think again about how different the world might be today if Apple had adopted it instead of NeXT OS.

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