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PC World: Be Says Its OS Is Booming

May 10, 2000, 09:07 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sarah Deveaux)

"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 downloads."

"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 says."

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