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 In the second half of the '90s, Apple was looking for a replacement for its heavily outdated Mac OS, after several failed attempts at developing its own - it came down to Steve Jobs NeXT, or BeOS.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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by clasqm on Tue 15th Nov 2011 10:40 UTC
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We will probably never know all the behind-the-scenes that led to that decision. But Gassee's protestations sound a little hollow. Sure, he didn't like Apple's management. Who said he had to go along with the company he sold to Apple? Sell the outfit, then go "spend more time with your family". It happens all the time.

For the unitiated, BeOS was a special moment in computing history. Some of us still can't read the words "focus shift" without a pang of regret for what might have been.

If Haiku doesn't do it for you, here is the solution: dig in! Haiku needs **everything** from C++ coders to icon artists. If you have no C++ skills you can contribute in Python, or Perl, or yab. You can translate instructions , you can make wallpapers, you ncan write manuals. It is an opportunity to get involved, to really create something.

Will it take over from Windows, OSX and Linux? Probably not. But it's ours and we love it.

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