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InfoWorld: In strategic shift, BeOS to be free

Users who register with Be at free.be.com will be able to
download the software for free
, and Be will also work with
publishers and others to make commercial versions of BeOS 5
available through customary retail channels, the company
announced.”

“The decision to give away BeOS 5 will mean Be’s revenue for
2000 will take a major hit, because the company’s desktop OS sales
constitute around 85 percent of its revenue, Sakoman said.”

“We’re forgoing short-term revenues to pursue a bigger,
longer-term opportunity,” Sakoman said.”


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