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ZDNet: BeOS 5.0 is maturing nicely

May 03, 2000, 01:18 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jason Brooks)

"Although it is fast and stable, with excellent multimedia capabilities, BeOS 5.0 still enjoys too little support from developers of applications and drivers to make it a viable replacement for Windows on mainstream desktops."

"However, PC Week Labs tests showed BeOS 5.0 Personal Edition to be an interesting operating system, and we recommend that users who like to keep an eye on the horizon get a copy and take it for a spin. Version 5.0 of Personal Edition has a lot to offer as a complementary operating system, particularly for users involved in multimedia content creation."

"Upon completing the large 42MB download of BeOS Personal Edition, users install the compressed file onto their Windows 9x, Windows NT or Windows 2000 machine like any standard Windows application. The setup file expands into a 512MB BFS (Be File System) volume and guides users through the creation of a boot floppy from which BeOS Personal Edition is started. One benefit of this installation method is that if users choose to remove BeOS from their machines, they may do so using Windows' standard Add/Remove Programs utility. Those who wish to create BFS volumes larger than 512MB must opt for BeOS Professional Edition, which has tools to customize the separate partition on which it is installed."

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