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Byte.com: Open The Floodgates -- BeOS 5 Is Here

Apr 03, 2000, 23:04 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Scot Hacker)

"On February 28, Be opened the floodgates on the free version, encouraging users to download the OS from free.be.com. The full version, complete with CD, box and manual, was scheduled for release shortly thereafter. So what's the difference?"

"First of all, the free version is for personal use only. However, Be's definition of "personal" is extremely broad. A Be exec I spoke to said that it's fine to make a profit while using BeOS Personal Edition. In fact, you can run an entire business on free BeOS for all they care. The only requirement is that you don't redistribute BeOS for a profit (you're welcome to distribute BeOS for no profit, as long as you register with Be to do so)."

"Second, the free version is absent a few royalty-bearing technologies -- a built-in, fully licensed MP3 codec, the Indeo 5 video encoder, and RealPlayer G2."

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