Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 12th Nov 2012 15:56 UTC
BeOS & Derivatives Can you believe they've come this far by now? Once known as OpenBeOS, Haiku today announced the release of the fourth alpha for Haiku R1. It seems like only yesterday when BeOS died and OpenBeOS rose form its ashes, generating a new hope among the legions of avid BeOS fans. Now, almost twelve years later, we've hit the fourth alpha.
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RE: In what sense...
by moondevil on Mon 12th Nov 2012 22:35 UTC in reply to "In what sense..."
moondevil
Member since:
2005-07-08

BeOS was a kind of revival of the Amiga spirit.

An operating system for multimedia applications, which explored the hardware capabilities much more than the contemporary desktop systems.

Nowadays it is too late, but it could have become Mac OS X.

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RE[2]: In what sense...
by v_bobok on Tue 13th Nov 2012 06:39 in reply to "RE: In what sense..."
v_bobok Member since:
2008-08-01

OSX is bloated and slow, though very capable of handling multimedia

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RE[3]: In what sense...
by henderson101 on Tue 13th Nov 2012 12:18 in reply to "RE[2]: In what sense..."
henderson101 Member since:
2006-05-30

Really? Running Windows 7 on the same hardware, OS X gives Windows a real run for its money.

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RE[2]: In what sense...
by henderson101 on Tue 13th Nov 2012 18:12 in reply to "RE: In what sense..."
henderson101 Member since:
2006-05-30

It wasn't really. Amiga was just another OS. Most of the key developers at Be, especially to begin with, were Mac based or ex-Apple. Benoit Schillings, Steve Sakoman, Erich Ringewald and Bob Herold were at any rate. I'll quote myself here: http://www.osnews.com/thread?514205

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RE[3]: In what sense...
by moondevil on Wed 14th Nov 2012 08:39 in reply to "RE[2]: In what sense..."
moondevil Member since:
2005-07-08

For me it was, because of its multimedia pedigree.

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RE[3]: In what sense...
by henderson101 on Wed 14th Nov 2012 11:16 in reply to "RE[2]: In what sense..."
henderson101 Member since:
2006-05-30

An I get down voted for being right? Democracy.. lol.

I know we Europeans find it hard to believe, as Amiga was ubiquitous here - Amiga was fairly niche in the US. It certainly wasn't perceived as a serious machine by many consumers:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_Amiga#Amiga_in_the_Unit...

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RE[2]: In what sense...
by Soulbender on Wed 14th Nov 2012 11:06 in reply to "RE: In what sense..."
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

Did anyone actually use the Amiga for anything but gaming, demos and tracking?

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RE[3]: In what sense...
by Johann Chua on Wed 14th Nov 2012 12:07 in reply to "RE[2]: In what sense..."
Johann Chua Member since:
2005-07-22

Wasn't Video Toaster a killer app for a while?

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RE[3]: In what sense...
by moondevil on Wed 14th Nov 2012 14:13 in reply to "RE[2]: In what sense..."
moondevil Member since:
2005-07-08

Yes, many TV shows used it for video production.

Babylon 5 was one of them.

For more information see Notable historic uses at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amiga.

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