Linked by Alfonso Martinez on Tue 20th Oct 2009 22:51 UTC
BeOS & Derivatives Since I encountered BeOS 5 Personal Edition, my experience with BeOS PE led me to purchase the BeOS 5 Professional Edition, which I used for some years. I am not ashamed to say that I love using this OS. After the demise of Be Corp., I still used BeOS as my "main OS" since it would do everything that I needed to do, except for gaming and academic works. I closely followed all the developments of the BeOS contenders after Be's fall... Until Zeta OS became the leading standard for a short time. I purchased every Zeta OS release that YellowTab produced. It is currently my favorite BeOS version today.
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RE[2]: CD audio, SMP
by StephenBeDoper on Wed 21st Oct 2009 23:35 UTC in reply to "RE: CD audio, SMP"
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Strange, I clearly remember Be advertising dramatic performance improvements with each additional processor added to a machine.

That was true, but it mainly applied to tasks that were CPU intensive and performed using BeOS-native, multi-threaded applications. It makes less difference in terms of basic, day-to-day tasks - it's not going to reduce boot time, Firefox isn't going to start any faster, etc.

Also, keep in mind that 1Ghz CPUs were just starting to become available around the time of the last BeOS release. So, for most of Be's existence, running BeOS on dual processors meant dual 66Mhz PPCs up to dual 1Ghz P3s. For most uses, going from a single to a dual P3 450 setup resulted in much more noticeable performance gains than going from a single to a dual 1Ghz P3 system. Mainly because, for most uses, BeOS simply doesn't need anything faster than 1Ghz.

Edited 2009-10-21 23:37 UTC

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