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FreeDOS, Be, BSD write-up 23

Posted by Hemos
from the more-media-attention dept.
A. Coward writes "The St. Paul Pioneer Press ran a story this morning on other OSes. The article talks about Be, FreeDOS, and BSD. "
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FreeDOS, Be, BSD write-up

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  • Of the Three BeOS news related site ( beforever [beforever.com], beoscentral [beoscentral.com] and benews [benews.com]) The one I prefer is the One run By Peter (first aforementionned one) because its the only with no ./ touch (its just plain simple, hand updated and when you send news and other announce to peter he usually responds personnaly.). The problem being with his site not being updated has frequently has the other ones. One last thing peter the guy being interviewed in the article is also a strong PowerPc supporter (which I also tend to be), eventhought Be Hasn't annonced officialy the death of PPC (I think Be should announce officially the death of PPC for the sake of the be community and because most PPC users are developers (which should mean partners), they should be officially informed os such decision.)

  • Bah... What's up with their not including
    NetBSD [netbsd.org]? I know NetBSD has never focussed on marketing, but it seems a rather obvious hole in the article to just flat-out ignore it. In my estimation, right now the NetBSD project is healthier than it's been for a while.

    Oh well. The author made himself look foolish to "those who know" more than anything else, I suppose.

  • In what way does BeOS not have the power of Linux? Aside from not yet being multi-user, I can't think of any place where Linux has more power than BeOS. And "multimedia is right up there with Linux?" Come on... BeOS blows Linux completely out of the water where media is concerned.
  • Sit a user down and have him or install and configure both Linux and BeOS (and give them all the documentation they could possibly want or need), then come back and tell me that "With supported hardware, Linux won't be any more complicated to deal with than Be." BeOS is infinitely easier to install and configure than Linux. KDE and Gnome are making strides, but they don't even come close to BeOS in this department. Don't even come close.
  • That's very true -- BeOS isn't designed as a server OS, nor does it try to compete in that arena. Then again, the number of users who need a better alternative to Windows far outstrips the number of users who need to run a server. And BeOS makes a much better desktop/workstation replacement OS than does Linux.
  • I am perplexed by how you say that it has ``multimedia performance right up there with Linux.'' BeOS was designed from the ground up with multimedia performance in mind, whereas Linux uses the multimedia-unfriendly X11 interface for much of its multimedia presentation. I have been amazed many times over by the way that Be takes advantage of processors for doing multimedia streaming.
  • by lomion (33716)
    heh...wel lthe article at least can make pople curious and presents everything in a non threatening light. "We are your friend"

  • I guess they were going for the truly "non-mainstream" OS'es. The article is pretty good. They got a lot of their info right. I would have to say "Good Job!"

    RB
  • I am excited to start seeing other Operating Systems get a little bit of positive press. I for one am a big FreeBSD fan. It is nice to see that someone in the mass media can (for the most part) get their facts straight.

    Dr. Banana
  • a.) FreeBSD isn't meant to be a good desktop OS
    b.) It is.
  • by cmc (44956)
    and for two reasons. The first is obvious - read the name of the article. The second is because Linux gets way too much hype as it is.
  • Too bad they were saying FreeBSD wasn't a good desktop machine and that it didn't have many programs (reference to someone having to start Windows to use Word or something like that).
    Did they know FreeBSD has support for Linux binaries (Corel WP?)?

    ~unyun~
  • by dvdbn (50422)
    BeOS is a good little operating system. It's relatively small, fast, supports other file systems, and pretty stable. I've been using it for about 6 months now and I'm impressed. It doesn't have the power of Linux, but it's a lot easier to set up and use. For those of you out there that are looking for something different, give it a shot - it's a pretty slick little piece of code. By the way, I also run Linux and Windows. I'd rate the stability of BeOS between Linux and Windows and multimedia performance right up there with Linux. BeOS is pretty dazzling for the small operating system that it is.
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