"One million customers have downloaded the BeOS 5.0 Personal
Edition since its release on March 28, Be reports on Tuesday.
The operating system, available for free on the company's Web site,
has also been distributed on CD-ROM through several magazine
inserts and other sites that offer free software downloads."
"But opinions vary as to how the company hit 1 million
"It's hard to assess because it is almost impossible to know
whether or not the download resulted in a use," says Dan Kusnetzky,
analyst with IDC. It is also difficult to tell if secondary
downloads were part of the count, Kusnetzky adds. "Also, how do you
determine whether or not it is a new user or a version upgrade?" he