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operating system The operating system originally designed
to run on the BeBox microcomputer. BeOS is good at both
multitasking and real-time operation. It has a bash
command shell, with ports of many GNU programs by Be, Inc.
It has a GUI front end (not X). A C++ compiler is
supplied with the machine, and there are rumours of other
languages being ported in the future.
BeOs eventually became used on the x86 and
standard PPC.
Be, Inc. went bankrupt in 1999, after releasing the last
upgrade of BeOS (R5.0.3), and was sold to Palm.
Several groups are currently (2003) attempting to create an R6
version of the OS. The most likely to succeed are Yellowtab
and OpenBeOS, which is likely to be renamed.