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    Anyone using Beos?

    I was wondering if anyone is using Beos. It boots quicker than both Linux and Windows and it's pretty stable. The only thing missing, is widespread driver support. It has dvd playback through VideoLAN, DIVX playback, and mp3 playback. It lacks GPS software but it looks like a good solution. Anyone try it?

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    there are two issues here.
    The first problem with boot time is the PC bios that takes forever to start the machine.
    The second problem depends on your knowledge of GNU/Linux and it's bootup process. There are ways to simplify the booting scripts and thus, to start the machine a LOT faster.

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    I did a post about this earlier, try a search.

    I'd like anyone to show me a Windows or *nix distro that can boot in under 10 seconds to play like BeOS can from a cold boot. It seriously rocks and would be my primary OS but unfortunately I got an ATI Radeon and Be folded before Radeon drivers were complete. I tried the released betas but couldn't get them to work right, so maybe I'll revive the OS in my car.

    My problem is that I only have the PE which needs a floppy to boot, or go into Windows, then launch, so that is a slight obstical. If anyone has the full v.5, please contact me!

    But back to the topic, quick boots, simply amazing multitasking skills (say 5 .avi videos playing smoothly on a K6-2 350) and a small but still functioning development teams.

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    BeOS now has Radeon support, along with a new version comming out. If you were interested before checking out what's out there now may interest you.
    http://www.yellowtab.com

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    i tought that beos was no longer being produced ... did'nt the company close ?

    it was one of my favorite OS's because it was simple and the appz were so lite and nice interface
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    Originally posted by babas151
    i tought that beos was no longer being produced ... did'nt the company close ?

    it was one of my favorite OS's because it was simple and the appz were so lite and nice interface
    It is not beng developed by the BeOS company anymore. All assets were sold to Palm.


    Other groups have however continued developing for it.
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    Yellow tab is an official license to produce and sell it.
    I did look at it, because the journaled file system, with full searching using file attributes is cool. It is a very decent OS, fast to boot, excellent to play media files as long as codec support is there.

    Needs a decent GPS app, and full USB driver support. Other than that, I can't see what it would miss. Maybe a decent Touchscreen driver.

    but you are right. It is a very suitable OS for a CarPC. As it is, it needsa beos hacker to code up drivers for serial touch, USB serial emulation, and a GPS prog.
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