eightbit Posted May 26, 2022 Share Posted May 26, 2022 In the late 90's (around 1998 I believe) I had discovered the wonderful world of BeOS (the Be operating system). I remember even then not having the compatible hardware to properly run it. The picture was not in color and no sound. The video card and sound card in whatever machine I tried this on were not supported. I eventually found a card that worked as well as a sound card that worked and I fell in love with the OS. It was just such a breeze to use and such a multimedia powerhouse with the right hardware at the time. I purchased the "BeOS Bible" which was and still is an excellent book covering all things about this OS. I spent time on "BeShare" which was a file transfer and chat based app exclusive to the OS. I spent time downloading lots of cool apps on the "BeBits" website. I ran exclusive BeOS console emulators, some exclusive games (there were not many..) and I recall this was the first time I was able to on the fly speed up/slow down and reverse a playing MP3. Great for listening to those hidden messages on the Pink Floyd The Wall mp3 album rip! I still do not know of a standard MP3 software player that can do that in Windows. I was using the excellent "Soundplay" app at the time...which I paid for since it was that great. Well, life ended for that excellent OS and I was forced to move on out of necessity. But, I have always planned to build one system that will just work with it. It does live on today as "Haiku OS" and it is binary compatible with the old BeOS software and runs on many more machines (https://www.haiku-os.org/) which is EXCELLENT, but I have this vision of building a system that runs BeOS 5 Professional perfectly with the right hardware to work properly out of the box...or out of the BeBox I guess I should say! So yeah, I am working on that currently in between the other stuff I am working on. Pretty excited to get this one going personally though. BeOS is not as easy to get running on systems. It expects specific hardware. It only runs currently partially correct on my Pentium 1 build. It will not run on the PIII, P4, or my modern builds of course due to motherboard chipset incompatibilities. So I basically have to be a bit dedicated to make this work...just like I was way back when 9 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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