View Full Version : BeOS, freeBeOS, openBeOs

02-16-2002, 01:01 AM
What's the difference between them?


02-16-2002, 01:38 PM
Do you possibly mean, "What are the differences between BSD, FreeBSD, and OpenBSD?" (there is also a NetBSD)?

02-16-2002, 03:28 PM
Well I guess that might be it.......answer please I also want to know.

02-16-2002, 03:48 PM
Nope cruxus, the orginal pster is correct. Those are all forms of BeOS.

See, BeOS is now owned by palm, and AFAIK they're not releasing new versions. The BeOS lovers petitioned for palm to give them the source, but they refused. So now we have countless free, open-source, BeOS-clones. The thing that makes it kind of exciting is that an ex-BeOS coder wrote some of the code to one of those...maybe he gave it to all of them. Plus, BeOS was so well documented in every facet that it's kind of easy to clone it.

02-16-2002, 04:06 PM
BeOS is an operating system created by Be Inc. http://www.beincorporated.com/ which recently got bought by Palm. I don't think Palm is keeping the production going. To my understanding FreeBeOS was just the free version of the OS.

However, since Palm bought the OS, a new operating system OpenBeOS http://open-beos.sourceforge.net/ is being created to take the place of mimic BeOS. This new OS is based off of the documentation of BeOS and uses the NewOS micro-kernel created by a former BeOS engineer as a base for the new kernel. It is not using any of the BeOS code, and is being written from scratch (although the OS documentation is already done which make the job go much quicker). All of the APIs are being rewritten so no intellectual rights are violated. You can read more about it at the OpenBeOS site.

02-16-2002, 04:18 PM
nice avatar.

02-16-2002, 08:03 PM
Yeah, Ken and taylorguitarman hit it right on the dot.


Never heard of that. There's BeOS (the original), OpenBeOS (an open-source clone that uses NewOS as kernel), and BlueOS (an open-source clone that uses Linux as kernel).

foniks munkee
02-18-2002, 12:29 AM
Ever watched the Anime "Serial experiments: Lain"? - the To "Be" continued at the end of each episode showed a certain leaning towards this OS.