As Mac OS X was starting out in 2001, Jonathan Ploudre looked back at BeOS, which Apple had considered as a potential replacement for the Classic Mac OS when it gave up on its Copland project. BeOS had much to commend itself, including a whole different kind of system architecture that made even older Macs snappy.
- BeOS or NeXT: Did Apple Make the Wrong Choice? BeOS was very responsive, even on older Macs, and its journaling file system was way ahead of what Apple and NeXT had.
- BeOS and BFS, the BeOS Filing System explains the advantages of a journaled file system.
- User Interface: Mac vs. BeOS looks at some of the UI choices made by Be’s developers.
- Using BeOS on a Power Mac looks at how well BeOS worked on PowerPC Macs while pointing out how disappointing it was that it would never run on G3 and G4 Macs.
- NeXT: Apple’s Right Choice concludes the series, examining why NeXTstep was a good choice for basis of Apple’s next generation operating system.
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There is an Open Source project called Haiku that is working to try to clone the BeOs. It has come a long way over the past 10 years or so and is worth a look.