What is the BeOS operating system?
BeOS is an operating system for personal computers developed by Be Inc. First developed for the BeBox hardware, BeOS was designed for digital media applications and development. Seen as a competitor to Classic Mac OS and Microsoft Windows, it was unable to gain significant market share, ultimately rendering it commercially unusable. the Parent company, Be Inc., was later acquired by Palm Inc. Currently, BeOS is used and maintained by a small group of technology enthusiasts.
The standard coding in the BeOS GUI is Unicode. BeOS was designed to have an operating system that leverages new architectural ideas and is free from the clutter of older operating systems. BeOS has been used as an alternative operating system for multimedia applications or applications that require faster handling of video, games or similar applications. BeOS can run on multiple microprocessors at the same time and works with working threads across multiple processors. The BeOS file system is 64-bit and can handle large files in the terabyte range. The operating system was delivered with a desktop user interface, an integrated web browser and its own 3-D interface.
BeOS is currently used by a small group of programming enthusiasts. Because BeOS provides a clean environment and the system is seen as easier to maintain and develop, many use it to develop simple object-oriented applications.