A few years back, the Macintosh operating system was considered innovative and fun. Now many view it as dated and badly in need of a rewrite rather than a simple upgrade. Windows 95 is the most popular operating system in the world – but this operating system is in many ways a copy of the Mac OS, less the Mac’s character. Many programmers and computer enthusiasts enjoy the command-line interface power of Unix – but Unix isn’t nearly intuitive enough for the average end user. What users really want is an operating system that has an easy-to-use graphical user interface, takes advantage of the power of today’s fast microprocessor chips, and is unencumbered with the burdens of backward compatibility. Enter Be, Inc., and the BeOS – the Be operating system.
The glory days.
I have this book, and got it back in the early 2000’s. It’s pretty good, but it was a bit dated by R5.03 standards, as I think it was targeting the R3/R4 era BeOS. It’s also mainly PowerPC. Good initial learning resource at the time though.