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
|Required Operating System||(Not Applicable)|
|Required Processor Class||AMD K6 Processor|AMD K6-2 Processor w/3DNow! Technology|AMD K6-III Processor w/3DNow! Technology|AMD Athlon|Cyrix 6x86MX Processor|IDT/Centaur WinChip C6|Intel Celeron Processor|Intel Pentium II Processor|Intel Pentium II Xeon Processor|Intel Pentium III|
|Recommended Memory||(Not Applicable)|
|Required Processor Speed||(Not Specified)|
|Recommended Disk Space||(Not Applicable)|
|Required Memory||32 MB|
|Required Disk Space||150 MB|
|Recommended Processor Speed||(Not Applicable)|
|Recommended Processor Class||(Not Applicable)|
|Technical Support URL||http://www.be.com/support/|
|Description||BeOS v4.5 & BeOS Bible Bundle Full Product CD-ROM 1U|
|Technical Support Phone Number||972-389-3740|
|System Type||Apple Macintosh|PowerPC|PC (Intel x86 Compatible)|
|Product Line Series Model||v4.5 & BeOS Bible Bundle|
|Other Recommendations||(Not Applicable)|
|Other Requirements||Pointing Device|
|Geographic Localization||(Not Specified)|
|Manufacturer Description||Be OS v4.5 & BeOS Bible Bundle|
|Language Localization||(Not Specified)|
|Pricing Level||(Not Applicable)|
|Required Other||Pointing Device|
|Point Level||(Not Specified)|
|Max License Size||1 Users|
|Min License Size||1 Users|
|Version / Edition||4.5|
|License Type||Full Product|
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