Did you ever wonder what BeIA really was? A lot of people talked about BeIA back in the days Be, Inc. was still developing its OS for internet appliances, but after Be, Inc. closed its doors, BeIA vanished as well. A thread over on the Haiku discussion forums – which began as a talking point for how Haiku could recreate a BeIA style concept – turned in to a treasure trove of BeIA information, including examples of BeIA running and an overview of some of the process of building BeIA distributions.
This video shows it all in action, including BeIA running under emulation. There’s also a wonderful video shot in Be, Inc’s offices where a Hungarian UG member gets a tour and shown BeIA hardware, with terrible framerate and resolution, but well worth checking out.
Wow! What an OS, really, ahead of it’s time. QNX and BeOS were the best. I regret I did not give the deserved attention to BeOS at the time. And a fun part of the second video (3:13): [Screen shows Google page] “Oh, this is my favorite… search engine!” 🙂
Yep, BeIA was yet another idea that was another Be Inc idea that was just too far ahead of its time. They aimed to create Chromebooks before the web was really ready for full productivity applications. And Be Inc didn’t have the capital needed to wait for 5+ years for the world to catch up, or the clout required to improve web technologies to the point where in-browser applications could seriously replace Windows or Mac fat binaries.