Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 14th Nov 2011 21:32 UTC, submitted by cristoper
Apple It's no secret OSNews has a bit of a thing for the BeOS. I can only speak for myself, obviously, but relatively speaking, BeOS was the best operating system ever made. The man who started all this was Jean-Louis Gassee, former executive at Apple, who founded Be, Inc. in 1991. In the second half of the '90s, Apple was looking for a replacement for its heavily outdated Mac OS, after several failed attempts at developing its own - it came down to Steve Jobs NeXT, or BeOS. Be didn't make it, and Gassee is happier for it.
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RE[2]: Software Souls
by Hexadecima on Mon 14th Nov 2011 23:47 UTC in reply to "RE: Software Souls"
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I'd like to claim I was snarking, but the unabashed love letter that Thom wrote really caught me off guard.

"Up until this very day, it's the only piece of software that had a soul, an identity that went above and beyond colour schemes, themes, and icons. Even after ten years, I still can't explain or put into words the feeling BeOS gave me. Even today, when I see a screenshot or somebody mentions it, my heart makes a little jump."

Did... did BeOS have Thom's child or something? Wikipedia doesn't back up the assertion that it had a "soul". Classic Mac, Amiga, and NeXT enthusiasts have been saying basically the same things about their own computers since the late 80s, and it's just bizarrely arrogant to see someone say BeOS was the "only" piece of software that deserves this title.

So, in short, the logic goes like this: BeOS users appear to be crazy, therefore BeOS must attract crazy people, therefore, as a non-crazy person, I wish to distance myself from it. I've used it before, too—I even subscribe to the Haiku RSS feed. It just struck me as a curious little oddity of the past, like QNX or the Atari ST (both brands I don't have particular fondness for.) Now I'm starting to think that may have been too generous.

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