RE: Be on Intel

Jim Whitehead (
Wed, 30 Jul 1997 13:11:30 -0700

On Wednesday, July 30, 1997 8:54 AM, CobraBoy! []
> yet another nail on Moto's coffin.

Oh come on. Sales of PPC chips to run the Be Os are a speck of dust on the
arse of an elephant.

> remember CobraBoy! predicts PPC production will be a memory by 2k.

Could be, but this will be directly related to whether my prediction of the
Apple logo appearing on PC Clones by Y2K also comes true, and will have
absolutely no correlation to the failure or success of Be.

Can anybody tell me what is the compelling reason for an end-user to switch
to Be, or buy an extra machine to run Be? Does it do word processing,
spreadsheets, or email dramatically better? Even with Be OS being given
away for free, why should I take a perfectly working machine, futz with the
hard disk to add a new partition, and run a different operating system? I
know that doing this will cost me at least a day, perhaps more, to
reconfigure my machine. After I do this, I know I'll have to learn a new
UI, and a new operating system. I'll probably also have to configure the
new OS, costing more time. What capabilities are there in Be OS which
would repay me for this time investment? And is my time better spent doing
this, or reading a good book?

The answer is, if your *hobby* is playing with new, cool operating systems,
then Be is a must. But a hobby OS is never going to have significant
market share, IMHO.

- Jim