Be my OS - a journey through BeOS5
BeOS 5.0 Pro Version
Contents: 1 Be-OS CD (Bootable).
Pro Edition: Pentium-class computer; 32MB RAM; dedicated partition or hard
drive of 550MB or more.
Windows is undoubtedly the most user friendly OS available today and Mac the
most handsome hunk or the sexiest geek girl that exists around. So when the
"Be" think tank came out with the idea of blending these two features
together into a single OS, everyone liked the new idea, at least for some time.
Driven by curiosity, I installed it on my system and was more than disappointed
with what "Be" offered me.
Friendly Installation procedure:
Finally, after a long time, a Linux type OS is simple to install. No more hostile
"fdisks" or "diskdruids". A GUI based Partition Manager
is included in the BeOS distribution with a provision to install the OS as a
single file. Run Partition Manager and the rest is a simple click-n-click process
towards a new Operating System.
The same however didn't work when I installed BeOS on my Linux partition. Even
after having 1GB of free space, the software formatted my Linux partition giving
me an error that it was unable to transfer my data. The details of the error
were however not given. Just be careful at this stage, for though BeOS says
that it can install itself over your windows, there are not many warnings or
messages whilst partitioning and a few wrong clicks can erase your data even
before you realize what you are doing.
Users who custom partition their drive using "fdisk" and "diskdruid"
cannot do the same in BeOS. Mainly because the partition manager can install
"Be" on any partition but cannot modify/create partitions.
The remaining part of installation is a breeze. Just sit back and relax. "Be"
is installed in less than 20 minutes, just as promised in the installation manual.
"B (Be)" means Blues:
During installation of most Linux distros, the main trouble is getting the OS
installed properly. With "Be" it's exactly the opposite. The trouble
starts soon after the OS is installed. Once the OS was completely installed
I had a smile on my face, happy that I shall had a wonderful OS with snazzy
graphics just as they described in the glossy BeOS manual. The experience was
however very short lived. "Be" told me that my Display Card was not