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1. BeOS with BeOS Bible and Gobe
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2. BeOS 4.5 with BeOS Bible
3. BeOS Operating System 4.5
4. BeOS 4.5 2.0 Bundle with BeOS
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5. GoBe BeOS 5.0 Pro Edition
6. GoBe BeOS 5.0 Pro Edition with

1. BeOS with BeOS Bible and Gobe Productive Bundle

Asin: B00002S5H2
Catlog: Software
Publisher: BE INCORPORATED
Sales Rank: 8475
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Neal Stephenson, in In the Beginning... Was the Command Line, describes the Be operating system as "an extremely well-thought-out GUI built on a technological framework that is solid." He's not the only fan. A speedy, stable system for power-users and hardware tinkerers, Be may yet give Linux a run for its open-source money.

Be delivers on its promise of providing high-end or dedicated multimedia hardware for audio or video editing at a consumer-level price. Another considerable plus: Be actually installs in the time the manufacturer says it will (15 minutes). A system that can coexist with Linux, Mac, and Windows, it can also be your primary system if you want to create a dedicated "BeBox."

Be can run QuickTime and MPEGs, has accessible Mediaplayer and Webcam applications, and contains its own Web browser, NetPositive. The OS supports Universal Serial Bus (USB) and Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption. As with other alternative operating systems, new free and shareware applications are constantly in development. An excellent realization of key operating system ideals--reliability, speed, and functionality--Be is worth the attention of any power users who haven't yet discovered it. --Jennifer Buckendorff ... Read more

Reviews (7)

5-0 out of 5 stars Best OS I've ever used...
I've used various Windows OS for the past 10 years, various Linux for the past 2, and played around with Mac some. BeOS is not just different, but clearly superior in many ways. Part of the reason why is that BeOS doesn't run on top of DOS, as Windows did until recent years, and it doesn't run on top of Unix, like Linux and Mac OS X. BeOS instead started with a clean paper and wrote code to do the various jobs required of a modern OS in the most efficient way possible. Additionally, BeOS uses 'pervasive multithreading' allowing commands to execute much more rapidly. The combined result is that the system is much less bloated, and truly is faster than anything I've ever seen. BeOS running on a Pentium 233 is MUCH faster than Win XP or Mac OS X on a 2 gigahertz machine, simply because the code is written so much more cleanly. I had difficulty believing it myself, until I installed BeOS on my own 900 Mhz machine. The performance difference between BeOS and Windows is truly like night and day. Quite a bit comes with the OS itself. There are browsers (their own, NetPositive, plus Mozilla), CD burners and players, utilities, and applications. Gobe Productive is a software suite written for BeOS which is comparable to Microsoft Office, with a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation program etc. The BeOS Bible is over 900 pages of hints, documentation, and instructions on how to set up the OS and use it.If there is a downside, it is that (1) BeOS doesn't have drivers for every piece of hardware in existence, although it natively supports a pretty wide range. Check the Hardware Matrix at [frizbe website] to see if your hardware has been tested yet. (2) There isn't a lot of software available at the moment in stores. However, there is an active BeOS user community with quite a lot of software, drivers, and assistance online. Try [begroovy, or bebits websites] to see what is available, and links to other BeOS related sites. Just think, an entire OS, PLUS an office suite PLUS the most comprehensive manual you are likely to ever see, all for the price of a game. Ron

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best of the Bests...
One year ago I try for first time the BeOS 4.0 and in that moment I knew that this it is the operating system for PCs of the future, it is stable and faster that other popular OS ;-), in that moment the BeOS had the inconvenience that it didn't have a wide variety of drivers for the different peripherals of the computer. At this time I installed the new version 4.5 and I find that it is spectacular, it possess more drivers support and it continues being stable and faster...

5-0 out of 5 stars FAST, ROCK SOLID, FUN
This Bundle is well worth the money. The BeOS Bible is a great referance for the OS. The Gobe Productive Office suite is also a must have. The BeOS is a very fast and reliable OS. It has a stylish and easy to use interface simmilar to MacOS. Your computer will run Multimedia applications faster than you thought possible. The BeOS is still responsive to your every command even while the PC is working on the most complex tasks. ADDED BONUS The BeOS comes with the software to duel boot windows and BeOS.

5-0 out of 5 stars A great alt. OS, if not the best
This is an excellent operating system, offering stability, performance, and ease of use. Bundled with the BeOS Bible and Gobe Productive, you can't go wrong. You may also wish to visit the Hardware Compatibility List if you have a non-standard configuration. This is the innovation that Microsoft is stifling - put it on your computer and experience where you REALLY want to go tomorrow

5-0 out of 5 stars This is how operating systems should be
It's blazingly fast and responsive, but moreimportant than that is that Everything Just Works. You get to spend your time productively, rather than scratching your head wondering why your computer has crashed again. The downside is that only fairly modern hardware is supported, and you can't go to Frye's and find lots of Be apps on the shelf (yet), but if you bought your system in the last year or two I heartily recommend Be. ... Read more


2. BeOS 4.5 with BeOS Bible
list price: $79.95
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00002S7JC
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Be, Inc.
Sales Rank: 7697
Average Customer Review: 4.36 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Neal Stephenson, in In the Beginning... Was the Command Line, describes the Be operating system as "an extremely well-thought-out GUI built on a technological framework that is solid." He's not the only fan. A speedy, stable system for power-users and hardware tinkerers, Be may yet give Linux a run for its open-source money.

Be delivers on its promise of providing high-end or dedicated multimedia hardware for audio or video editing at a consumer-level price. Another considerable plus: Be actually installs in the time the manufacturer says it will (15 minutes). A system that can coexist with Linux, Mac, and Windows, it can also be your primary system if you want to create a dedicated "BeBox."

Be can run QuickTime and MPEGs, has accessible Mediaplayer and Webcam applications, and contains its own Web browser, NetPositive. The OS supports Universal Serial Bus (USB) and Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption. As with other alternative operating systems, new free and shareware applications are constantly in development. An excellent realization of key operating system ideals--reliability, speed, and functionality--Be is worth the attention of any power users who haven't yet discovered it. --Jennifer Buckendorff ... Read more

Reviews (11)

4-0 out of 5 stars be delighted!
After using Windows for quite some years, after Windows 98 the ideas of Microsoft and me of what to look for in an operating system didn't match anymore. Windows was becoming too bloated with features while the kernel and became essentially slow.

I tried several systems, like OS/2 and Linux but only BeOS forfilled all my expectations. Wow! This operating system is stable, fast and there are already a lot of applications available, such as WordProcessors, E-mail programs, games and, most important for me, a WinAmp look-a-like mp3 player.

If you have the same doubts about MS than i have, then don't hesitate and get a copy of BeOS. Be delighted!

5-0 out of 5 stars BE
If you would like a cross between Win95 and Linux, Be is it. This OS boots up in a fraction of the time [15 seconds]. Networking is not a hassle. Dail-up are easily set up. E-mail and Weh are a peice of cake to. The BeOS Bible that is included is a great reference for finding out the little things. The thing that really got me was the speed and the stability. I've never had the system lock-up [like Win95 so often] and I never had to restart the computer after changing anything in the Networking properties. This really is a great OS, I'm happy.

1-0 out of 5 stars Hail Linux, king of the OS.
Hail Linux, king of the OS.

4-0 out of 5 stars A neat, fast and efficient operating system, but still young
BeOS is one of those products that is superior in so many ways that you just have to hope that it hangs on and eventually becomes mainstream. In this time of hype and excitement over Linux, BeOS has been somewhat glossed over, probably because it doesn't subscribe to the 'Open Source' movement currently in vogue. This is too bad, for BeOS really is a gem.

Installation is better than any other operating system I've ever had experience with, it asks only a few questions of you and everything just works right out of the box. Simplicity is the name of the game for BeOS, many of the founders were once Mac guys and it shows in the look and feel of the interface. BeOS isn't just fluff though, it's reliable and speedy as well, and combined with the simple interface makes it a real joy to use.

Like all alternative operating system BeOS has one major flaw however, and that's the lack of applications. Particularly in the browser area, BeOS does not yet offer something comparable to Netscape 4.6 on Linux or IE 5.0 on Windows, sure, there is Opera, but it is unreliable and doesn't always work. Web browsers really are the killer app these days, and it's unfortunate that BeOS can't compete in that area yet, but maybe Mozilla will give it a second life. Also the community around BeOS seems to be focused around 'shareware' instead of the open source model. Although I won't argue to the strenths and merrits of either, the latter seems to encourage more development, so many more applications are available on Linux than BeOS. That said, those which ARE available on BeOS are well polished (mostly due to the consistency of the interface that BeOS presents the user) and do their job well.

I wouldn't recommend BeOS to anybody, but I think it would work well for many. For example, I think my mother would be perfectly happy working on a BeOS box, and would appreciate the simplicity, reliability and speed that it offers, never missing some of the software it misses. (except for the lacking web browser) If you're tied to Photoshop or Word or other software not available, you're obviously tied, but I still recommend picking up a copy (5.0 is available for download free) and giving it a try, I guarantee you won't be disapointed.

5-0 out of 5 stars Say you... Say Be.
Where do I start? If your tired of "bloatware" and /or unfulfilled promises - Be is for you. If you would like to use your OS right out the box without descending into configuration H#LL (but have the option to :-)) - Be is for YOU. If you are a developer and want to bring a 'real' OS to the masses - Be is for YOU. If I were Popeye, Be would be spinach and the Be Bible is a recipe book that tells me all the ways I can prepare my spinach to woop up on Brutus! Get it and DARE TO BE DIFFERENT! ... Read more


3. BeOS Operating System 4.5

Asin: B00002S7JB
Catlog: Software
Publisher: BE INCORPORATED
Sales Rank: 9749
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (2)

5-0 out of 5 stars BeOS is incredible!
BeOS is easily the most advanced operating system available today. It is as easy to use as MacOS or Windows, while at the same time it has the power and stability of Linux. If you don't believe me, give it a try. I'm sure that you will be hooked once you see how fast and responsive your computer really can be.

5-0 out of 5 stars This OS Rules!!!
BeOS is the most well thought out an designed piece of computer software I have ever used. Every feature has been reevaluated and implemented in the best possible way. It allows even a modest PC to do amazing things.For more website at www.be.com ... Read more


4. BeOS 4.5 2.0 Bundle with BeOS Bible

Asin: B00003W8JU
Catlog: Software
Publisher: BE INCORPORATED
Sales Rank: 10945
Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (3)

5-0 out of 5 stars This is GREAT!
I have the BeOS 5 Pro, and I can tell anyone who is unsure of this system that it rocks. I installed the free version on my friends computer just as a test, and it improved his response by at least 150%! IT took only 12 seconds to boot, compared to windows 98 at 97 seconds, and just learning where everything is was easy.

To the guy who is talking bout the office suite, Gobe Productive has one for it that is jsut as good as MS Office. If I compare it to Staroffice for Linux, it is about the same. You can try that.

If anyone is unsure about the BeOS, go to the BE website at www.be.com, and download the free version. I got hooked that night. It will not hurt any windows settings.. I installed the free version at work on an NT machine, and it is great. And for all you computer guys, BeOS reads NTFS, and you can get a free driver to write to it also, and it requires not admin rights. IT is awesome!

5-0 out of 5 stars What sliced bread did for breakfast, this does for your PC
The Be operating system is fantastic! It is fast and resilient to crashing. It has protected multitasking, unlike Windows. It has 64-bit file logging system, which is far superior to anything offered by the microsoft corporation. You can run multiple sound tracks and their respective movies all at the same time. It boots up in a matter of a few seconds, instead of the 60-90 seconds windows takes.. It even supports a DVORAK keyboard, which is, by the way a much better keyboard than QWERTY. I admit, it does look a lot like MacOS, but Jean-Louis Gasee (CEO) is an ex-mac engineer. It also does not have many games for it, but there is no shortage of shareware. The company employees are fun and helpful people. I cannot praise this enough! Abandon Windows! Spit on a bust of W. H. Gates III! Trumpet in a new era of speed and ease for your computer!

4-0 out of 5 stars What version of Gobe Productive
BeOS operating system is great. Fastest thing on the planet but to replce win98 it needs a MS Office like. It comes with Gobe Productive but does not state the version which is critical as MS Word documents are recognized by vs 2 and not 1.1 ... Read more


5. GoBe BeOS 5.0 Pro Edition

(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00004TCVB
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Gobe Software
Sales Rank: 4938
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars Nice and stable
I have to say that BeOS is one of the best (if not THE best) Operating Systems that I have ever had the pleasure. It's just so solid and reliable. Needless to say that I've gotten rid of my Windows and Linux paritions. ... Read more


6. GoBe BeOS 5.0 Pro Edition with Bible

Asin: B00004TCVA
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Gobe Software
Sales Rank: 9832
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

BeOS is an operating system that delivers the speed, processing power, and stability of a high-end multimedia workstation on ordinary, low-costdesktop PCs. Designed from the ground up to handle high-bandwidth digitalmedia, it delivers optimized speed and power on Intel-based computers. Youcan launch applications, run multiple streaming audio and video files,print, access menus, switch windows, and go online, all without pausing--with BeOS there is no waiting for commands to finish executing.

Ten minutes after you open the box, you can have BeOS installed andconfigured. Boot up, and you'll find recognizable folders, windows,pull-down menus, and dialog boxes. The interface is so familiar, there'salmost no learning curve. You can install BeOS right alongside Windows,Linux, or any other operating system. At startup, just choose which systemto load. It's that simple. You can even read and copy data from filescreated in other operating systems to BeOS.

With BeOS, each application runs in its own protected memory space, so ifone crashes, the system and other applications don't even flinch. You'reable to continue working uninterrupted while the crashed applicationreloads. Built with TCP/IP as its native communication protocol, BeOSinteroperates flawlessly with the Internet right out of the gate. E-mail andWeb browsing services are built in. Any BeOS system is able to serve up Webpages right from the start.

BeOS 5.0 Pro Edition comes complete with a Web browser, e-mail client, mediaplayer, 3-D audio mixer, MP3 software, RealPlayer G2, CD burnerapplication, integrated development environment with source-level debugger,utilities, translators, and application demos. In addition, you can choosefrom more than 1,000 powerful applications and tools currently availablefor BeOS, including: Audio, Video, Graphics, Office Productivity, Internetand Networking, Development Tools, Utilities, Games, and more.

This package also includes Scot Hacker's The BeOS Bible, the definitive BeOS user's guide for power users and creative professionals. This 916-page book includes easy-to-follow procedures, tips and tricks, and other information to help you get the most from the BeOS and its applications. ... Read more

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars BeOS Pro 5.0 wow
I never thought that my computer could do that, BeOS is far away the best OS. I didn't know that I could compile, play Quake 2 and listen to a mp3 in my k6-2 400... Its a new world of stability and speed. All this, plus the GoBE Productive (Its a quite cool office tool) and BeOS Bible by Mr Scott Hacker... if you read this book, You'll see what I mean when I say "BeOS is far away the best OS" Well done Be Inc! ... Read more


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