Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 28th Jan 2009 21:44 UTC
BeOS & Derivatives Before the BeOS ever made it to x86, it had already spent some time on PowerPC, but the die-hard fans will know that BeOS was actually written and designed for a very different, short-lived processor: the AT&T Hobbit. While a PowerPC BeBox is already quite rare, the Hobbit BeBox was never sold, and only existed in the form of a number of prototypes. Imagine our surprise when we found out that Cameron Mac Millan, former Be employee, sold one of his two Hobbit BeBoxen on eBay a few days ago.
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I also hope that this Hobbit BeBox will eventually gravitate to a museum of computer history. Even better, that the new owner will do what pablo_marx was planning to do - notably the dump of the ROMs - upon which a Virtual Hobbit BeBox could be crafted for the enjoyment of many.

I learned about BeOS in an article in Byte Magazine and explored Be's website. By that time, Be was no longer selling their Beboxen and my early experimentation (using R5PE) was severely impeded by a non-compatible hardware. This was resolved later on but, by that time, Be was no longer in existence.

Over the years, and within cashflow limits, I've managed to gather a few BeOS artifacts on eBay. I doubt I'll ever be able to afford a Bebox though.

By the way, when I noticed the listing on eBay, I mentioned it in a post on the Vintage Computer Forum where it gathered 64 views and 1 reply.....not bad although a slightly later post of a listing for a pre-production IBM 5170 motherboard gathered 574 views and 39 replies.

I keep checking in once in a while in the hope of seeing a listing for a BeIA DevKit (could it be made to run on a netbook?) or one for a copy of Gobe 3 for BeOS (how would it compare with today's office suites).

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