PC Week: Be to offer free version of its OS

“Version 5 for the desktop will be available for download to
preregistered individuals. Be (Nasdaq:BEOS) will also work with
publishers and other partners to distribute the software….”

“Making the free version of BeOS 5 available through the
Internet and other channels allows us to aggressively promote our
technology, maximize our visibility and obtain valuable market
feedback while aggressively pursuing Internet appliance
opportunities,” CEO Jean-Louis Gassee said in a release.”

The company said users will be able to use the operating
system on their Windows-based PCs without having to repartition
their hard drives.
It will be stored as a file within the
Windows file system, and available by launching an icon, just like
any application.”