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 In the second half of the '90s, Apple was looking for a replacement for its heavily outdated Mac OS, after several failed attempts at developing its own - it came down to Steve Jobs NeXT, or BeOS.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[3]: Comment by Actinium
by tylerdurden on Tue 15th Nov 2011 23:48 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Actinium"
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Actually NeXT was doing relatively well with their WebObjects stuff. A lot of Apple's focus on the internet/client-server/services stuff comes from that.

There is also the fact that Apple did not buy the NeXTStep OS, as much as they bought the whole company; that brought one of the best the technical staffs in the industry at the time to Apple, and of course they got Jobs and his management team.

The tech from NeXT actually satisfied exactly what Apple needed: a developer-friendly, multiuser/multitasking OS, which was scalable from the desktop to the server.

BeOS and BE were simply not in the same league: a fledging product that had gathered ZERO traction, mainly because it had no real value proposition whatsoever. The amount of work/time/investment needed to get BeOS to do what Apple needed (scalability, stable APIs, multiuser, secure, network stack, etc) would have probably surpassed what they ended up paying for NeXT to begin with. And they would not have gotten neither Jobs nor the NeXT technical team.

Anything has potential really, so that is irrelevant... In the end apple wasn't really saved because of a single specific choice in the direction of their OS. Sure it did not hurt having OSX as an offering, but having Jobs at the top and the reorientation he performed turning Apple into a consumer product company is what made the difference.

Actually, kudos to Gasee for recognizing that.

Edited 2011-11-15 23:59 UTC

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RE[4]: Comment by Actinium
by transputer_guy on Wed 16th Nov 2011 01:10 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by Actinium"
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I suspect most of the long time BeOS fans would agree with the decision that Apple took and with the superiority of the Next framework at least for business use, it just hadn't been affordable to the masses.

It wasn't obvious back then that the turnaround would work out so well and that Apple would outdo just about all consumer companies. At that point both companies were going nowhere.

The best that BeOS could have hoped for was as a niche alt OS platform, but there's no real money in that.

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RE[4]: Comment by Actinium
by gfx1 on Wed 16th Nov 2011 16:14 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by Actinium"
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I liked BeOS, BONE networking was a bit more stable than the one shipped to regular users.
It needed a better webbrowser and a proper USB stack.

The first versions of OSX were not fast and stable and multiuser. People seem to forget that.

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