"Be Inc's relationship with its shareholders continues to
resemble one of those weird sex games where you hold your breath
just long enough to avoid death by asphyxiation."
"It showcased a number of design prototypes at Comdex this week,
some old, and some new, and as you might expect, from a technical
perspective it walked away with the laurels. However other than
Compaq and Ricochet there's no big name licensee yet to establish
Be's BeIA platform at the front of the pack."
"That's not for lack of trying. BeIA squeezes the OS into around
5 or 6Mb of space - far smaller than comparable Linux devices
thanks to some miraculous on-the-fly compression technology - and
unlike the established embedded rivals such as QNX offers Flash,
Real Player and Opera in the bundle. And from OEM comments, Be's
"you design it, we'll draw it" approach to UI customisation went
down very well."