"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
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