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Be Inc for sale?

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Posted by:Ryan on Thursday, 19 Apr, 2001 @ 7:44 PM
 
Be Inc

Be Inc announced today that they have started looking for various avenues for “maximizing shareholder value on a near-term
basis”… such as mergers, equity investments, or selling “all or substantially all of the business or assets of the
Company.” In other words, Be wants your money, to the extent that it is for sale. This is a pretty big change from before when it held a majority stake internally to avoid a take-over. Sony… now is your chance. Take on the PC world using your secret weapon - BeOS. Read on for the release.

MENLO PARK, Calif., Apr 19, 2001 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Be Incorporated (BEOS)
today announced its Board of Directors has engaged the investment banking
firm of ING Barings LLC to assist it in exploring various strategic and
financial alternatives for maximizing shareholder value on a near-term
basis. Such alternatives may include, but are not limited to, a merger or
similar business combination, an equity investment by a strategic investor,
or the sale of all or substantially all of the business or assets of the
Company.

Be Incorporated Board Chairman and CEO Jean-Louis Gassee said, “The Board of
Directors has decided it is in the best interests of the Company’s
shareholders, customers and employees to actively investigate a possible
sale of the Company, a significant strategic investment or similar
transaction. While there is no specific timeframe, our goal is to conclude a
transaction as expeditiously as possible.”



61 Responses to “Be Inc for sale?”

  1. DrB Says:

    beboxen

    I would like to buy any extra beboxen they have around. Maybe a HARP demo box, or a machine that has a copy of quake III for beos that was never released.

    I hope they sell to someone with a good plan for the company.

  2. Galley_SimRacer Says:

    [No Subject]

    If they have to sell, so be it, just as long they “find a good home”.

  3. hirbie Says:

    If it was the SonyOS, would you still use it?

    .

  4. Anonymous Says:

    In Response To hirbie @ 04/19/2001 10:45:31 PM

    Re: If it was the SonyOS, would you still use it?

    umm… yes. Yes I would. :o )

  5. Anonymous Says:

    In Response To hirbie @ 04/19/2001 10:45:31 PM

    Re: If it was the SonyOS, would you still use it?

    I guess that’s one question to figure out what it is people use BeOS for. Those of it that actually use it to do work use it because it’s the best working platform available. Personally, I wouldn’t care if it were called Windows 2002.

  6. LeftTurn Says:

    In Response To hirbie @ 04/19/2001 10:45:31 PM

    Re: If it was the SonyOS, would you still use it?

    If it runs as good as it does now, definitely!
    I sure hope whatever Be gets into works out for the benefit of BeOS!

  7. Anonymous Says:

    [No Subject]

    I saw the writing on the wall about 6 months ago. BeOS has had it. Its a shame because it was (and still is) a great product, but it never lived up to its potential. Failure to attract even one major software developer doomed BeOS. I recently bought a G4 and I’m now running Mac OS X. Better than BeOS in many ways, it could also learn a thing or two from Be. However, Apple has a future and Be Inc. doesn’t. IA’s will never sell - who wants a $500 IA when you can buy a real computer for $700? IA’s will not save Be. I hope BeOS lives on in some form, but its day as a desktop OS is done, at least for me.

  8. Anonymous Says:

    In Response To Anonymous @ 04/20/2001 00:31:09 AM

    Re: [No Subject]

    your a fag
    mac is total pos and i will die someday

  9. Anonymous Says:

    In Response To Anonymous @ 04/20/2001 00:31:09 AM

    Re: [No Subject]

    I wouldn’t go as far as to say that Apple has a future… they’ve been in this same spot before, and with the expensive stuff they peddle for similar performance, I wouldn’t be surprised to see them in that position again. I don’t want to start an OS war here (there’s a forum for that, and I purposely avoid it :P ). Just stating my opinions as well.

    As for who would want a $500 IA - I would. I want a tablet to browse the web from from my couch (as I’m doing right now, quite uncomfortably, with my $2500 laptop). I would also like a PDA that is a little more functional than the current ones. I have plenty of computers - including some really old ones that are worth much less… but the mobility (greater than a laptop) is worth the price to me.

    Sorry to see you go, I’ll be hanging on to BeOS for a bit, until the next best thing is enough to keep me happy. Hopefully that’ll be from a company that buys out Be. :)

    -Deej

  10. Anonymous Says:

    In Response To LeftTurn @ 04/19/2001 11:17:52 PM

    Re: If it was the SonyOS, would you still use it?

    hell yeah…. if sony is interested… i think it would be great.. they may even include beos in the Playstation 3 (or whatever the next console will be)

    I think it would be good for BeOS and Sony if sony bought Be Inc.

  11. Anonymous Says:

    Be inc. without jlg

    Let’s just hope in case they sell Be to some company, that company keeps the old staff… I can’t imagine Be and BeOS without jlg or without BeDope for example… They are very poor managers, but they are *excellent* engineers and they know how to make people happy (and unhappy too). So… whoever buys this wonderful company should consider that… Oh I know noone would listen anyway.

    - Buck

  12. bkakes Says:

    In Response To Anonymous @ 04/20/2001 00:31:09 AM

    Re: [No Subject]

    I personally think there *is* a market for IAs…eventually. I think two things are required for the widespread adoptance:

    1.) Maturity of the internet. Right now, there are quite a few useful things on the internet, but we need more. This requirement, however, is nearly fulfilled.

    2.) Broadband. It’s great to have an IA that turns on instantly, but needing to wait for the modem kind of negates the whole point. A permanent, semi-fast link (like DSL) will eradicate the phone line barrier between the IA and the internet.

    The fact is that many people still find computers too confusing. To use a computer correctly requires some logic, which a lot of people apparently do not wish to deal with when they want to send an e-mail or write a letter. The simple fact is that to add features, at some point you must complicate the interface. Give people an attractive device that can do the web, e-mail, word processing, maybe Quicken or something like that, play movies (i.e. from e-mails or whatever) and MP3s, and have AIM built-in and I think they’ll find it useful. Don’t make them manage files, folders, and applications; many people just don’t want to bother. I think this approach makes more sense than trying to make a “computer for everyone”; it’s doubtful that any design could appease both the novice and the power user.

    We’re not quite there, but once we arrive, I think IAs have a real chance at gaining a foothold.
    [Edited at 5:19 Apr 20 2001 by bkakes]
    [Edited at 5:21 Apr 20 2001 by bkakes]

  13. Anonymous Says:

    In Response To Anonymous @ 04/20/2001 03:11:09 AM

    Re: Be inc. without jlg

    As many french engineers (and I am one of them) jlg thinks that a good product will sell itself. It is
    sad to say that’s not true. You need marketing and sadly more good marketing (cf. M$) than good product.

    Bruno.

  14. Anonymous Says:

    In Response To hirbie @ 04/19/2001 10:45:31 PM

    Re: If it was the SonyOS, would you still use it?

    yep

  15. BGA Says:

    In Response To DrB @ 04/19/2001 8:34:34 PM

    Re: beboxen

    It was never released because there was no Quake III for BeOS. Only the Q3Test has been ported and it was:

    1 - Not feature complete.
    2 - Completelly different from the final product (Q3 Arena)

    Anyway, Q3 would make no difference at all in the actual state of Be inc.

    -Bruno

  16. colinmce Says:

    In Response To hirbie @ 04/19/2001 10:45:31 PM

    Re: If it was the SonyOS, would you still use it?

    Yes -I’d love it

  17. Anonymous Says:

    In Response To hirbie @ 04/19/2001 10:45:31 PM

    Re: If it was the SonyOS, would you still use it? SURE!

    Sure i will, i mean, it will be BeOS with other name, so, why not? Besides this could be really good for BeOS.

  18. chrish Says:

    In Response To Anonymous @ 04/20/2001 03:11:09 AM

    Re: Be inc. without jlg

    Be, Inc. is already operating without BeDope; Mike was one of the people who got laid off.

    - chrish

  19. Utako Says:

    This can be good for BeOS.

    I am honestly happy about this announcement. Say a company buys the rights to the BeOS, with the hopes of cultivating it? As long as it’s faster than everything else out there, and the signature features stay the same, who’s to say we really need Be Inc? I do indeed love the name “BeOS” but if that were to change… whatever. A lot of Apps would have to change their name as well (those with the prefix of “Be” specifically). However, if you buy the rights to the product you don’t HAVE to change the name. I’d like to see the OS change hands if it would be worthwhile for me.

  20. Anonymous Says:

    In Response To chrish @ 04/20/2001 11:00:43 AM

    Re: Be inc. without jlg

    Mike was laid off!?!?! Ouch! Very sorry to hear that. Mike, I know exactly how you feel, and my condolences to you. Wish you the best.

    -Deej

  21. Nutcase Says:

    In Response To Utako @ 04/20/2001 1:43:42 PM

    Re: This can be good for BeOS.

    If someone bought Be Inc, they would likely get the whole enchalada, name included. So basically, we would see an announcement, and then go through a focus shift all over again… a shift to a new culture at least. Hopefully it would be good, but i think it depends on the purchaser. Either way, it would certainly shake things up. :)

  22. DrB Says:

    In Response To BGA @ 04/20/2001 09:02:32 AM

    Re: beboxen

    I understand 1 and 2. Obviously my humor was lost on the dark moment.

  23. Anonymous Says:

    In Response To Anonymous @ 04/20/2001 05:59:54 AM

    Re: Be inc. without jlg

    JLG is not an engineer. Check his bio on Be’s web site.

  24. Anonymous Says:

    In Response To Anonymous @ 04/21/2001 11:37:16 AM

    Re: This can be good for BeOS.

    upon what do you base your feelings? how can you be so sure?

  25. Anonymous Says:

    In Response To Nutcase @ 04/20/2001 5:30:13 PM

    Re: This can be good for BeOS.

    Anything’s better than being in Limbo… I can hardly stand waiting for SOMETHING to happen with BeOS.

    PinheadX (who has no user account because BeGroovy won’t send the damn authorization thingy to BeMail.org)

  26. Anonymous Says:

    In Response To Anonymous @ 04/21/2001 00:54:39 AM

    Re: This can be good for BeOS.

    personally, I think a Sony buyout is VERY, VERY, VERY, VERY, VERY, VERY likely. In fact, I’d say it’s a certainty, but the pesky 0.00000000001% uncertainty is holding me back from saying it’s a done deal.

  27. Anonymous Says:

    Sony

    JLG - Put on your best suit and take the next flight to Japan. Knock on Mr Idei’s door and sell him the company. Don’t come back until you do.

    P.S. Stay off the drugs: they’re bad for you…

  28. Anonymous Says:

    In Response To Anonymous @ 04/20/2001 01:53:57 AM

    Re: [No Subject]

    Deej - considering that you used to work at Qubit — you should already know for sure that a tablet that you can take to your couch will be wireless and untethered with an expensive LCD screen. That’s not a $500 IA. That’s a $1000-1200 IA.

    Therefore you should say:

    “As for who would want a $1000-1200 IA - I would.”

  29. Zanoni Says:

    In Response To Anonymous @ 04/20/2001 01:56:51 AM

    Re: If it was the SonyOS, would you still use it?

    Here’s an interview of Ken Kutaragi, President, Sony Computer Entertainment.
    http://www.ascii24.com/24/news/keyp/article/1999/04/19/602431-000.html
    It’s little old one(Apr 19,1999), so he may have changed his mind now.

    In this interview, he said he won’t use any OS for Playstation2.
    They won’t use any OS to run application. Because we use OS to bridge gaps between different types of architectures. But Sony has only ONE(PS2). There’s no need to use any OS.They may use some OS as a tool. For example MS want them to adopt Windows2000 for PS2, they may use it. But they’ll use it just as a tool.

    Thus, I think SCE won’t adopt any OS on PS3 either.
    But I still hoping they use BeOS for development workstation, such as DTL-T10000.

  30. Anonymous Says:

    In Response To Anonymous @ 04/21/2001 3:53:56 PM

    Re: [No Subject]

    No, not really. The tablets we were developing were in the 5-700 range, and would’ve worked great for browsing the web… I speak in past tense, as I no longer work there, and because of other recent news about Qubit. I won’t be purchasing a CE tablet… I have a laptop that performs better than that. :P

    Anyhoos, a $500 price point is a tough call to meet, but I’m sure that within a year, we’ll see it (barring a heavy recession that slows the high-tech industry).

    -Deej

  31. Anonymous Says:

    In Response To Anonymous @ 04/22/2001 00:26:13 AM

    Re: [No Subject]

    Come to think about it — you are right, Qubit was listing the orbit for $700.00. Of course, it does not come with a base station that will cost you another $300.00 — so the whole thing comes to $1,000.00.

  32. Anonymous Says:

    In Response To Anonymous @ 04/21/2001 11:37:16 AM

    Re: This can be good for BeOS.

    Let’s consider that Be has a deal with SONY and this is quite valuable as a business partnership. If SONY were to make an offer for the whole company then it might be prudent to publically offer up the company. If there are no takers then the deal goes to SONY and no stockholder can cry about a mismanaged deal and everyone is happy.

    The interesting thing here is that it is possible to someone who did not get the SONY deal to purchase Be and get SONY at the same time.

    SUN might look at this as an opportunity to get into the IA business line with SONY as a partner and a product ready to go. Sweet possibility. I believe SUN understands the possibilities of a very easy business desktop client on X86 hardware tweeked to work well with it’s servers AND with a home client as well and an early presence in appliance land as a bonus. Interesting for SUN and maybe some others like 3COM (who just nuked Audrey) or ORACLE or IBM or the cable companies.
    There are indeed many potential partners out there.

    So the purchaser or partner might not be SONY but they might be interested in the opportunity that the SONY deal heralds.

  33. Anonymous Says:

    In Response To Anonymous @ 04/22/2001 02:45:04 AM

    Re: [No Subject]

    Ah, yes, you are right… I had already planned to get the bridge, so I wouldn’t have to wire ethernet throughout my house for other systems, so I had forgot to add that to the cost of “a tablet”. :) Sorry. :)

    -Deej

  34. Anonymous Says:

    Killer Game

    My question is this– why didn’t anyone ever create a BeOS-only killer 3d game? All the games I’ve ever seen on BeOS have been ports from (or co-developed with) other OSes, if someone could make a respectable game (not so hard, with the mm capabilities of BeOS), and publish it on Be only, then all the gamers would *have* to install BeOS.

    Isaac

  35. Anonymous Says:

    In Response To Anonymous @ 04/22/2001 3:07:34 PM

    Re: Killer Game

    Perhaps the lack of a working “killer 3D api”?

    as in “Hardware Accelerated OpenGL?” Honestly, it *would* be a lot easier…

    If only Be had released the new OpenGL. If only Be had released BONE. If only Be had relased the next version of BeOS. If only Be had kept up relations with developers and the community.

    Maybe they will. If it isn’t too late already…

  36. Anonymous Says:

    Be Inc for sale

    Sadly BeOS is dead, but those of us with an ounce of grey matter saw the writing on the wall 12 months ago. BeOS is a great operating system, but Jean-Louis Gassee brought Apple Computer to it’s knees during his time at Apple, and now has done the same to Be Inc. BeOS might survive by some miracle, but certainly not while Jean-Louis Gassee has any association with it. BeWare, history always repeats itself.

  37. bkakes Says:

    In Response To Anonymous @ 04/22/2001 3:07:34 PM

    Re: Killer Game

    With all due respect, what you’re saying is rather naive. I have friends in the game development world; it’s an incredibly tough area in which to be successful and make a profit.

    Forgetting the lack of hardware-accelerated 3D for the moment, why would making a BeOS game be any easier than a Windoze game? The code is no easier, and you have to fight bad movie playing, no 3D sound, and various sound bugs on top of everything else. Then, as a reward, you can look forward to selling to a market about 10,000th the size of the Windoze market. Great games are passed up every year; go look for one of the many “10 great games this year that no one bought” lists and tell me why a game company would want to piss off potential customers in addition to their other hardships (no matter how cool BeOS is, if I were a Windoze user and a game forced me to reboot to play it, I’d get rather pissed). It simply makes no financial sense. Why would a game company care that much which OS you were using, especially to the point that they’d be willing to forfeit hundreds of thousands of dollars?

    This kind of development only makes sense if done by the OS company itself. Take Final Cut Pro from Apple, for example; it has given reason for many multimedia people to buy Macs. Of course, FCP is much more profitable than most games anyway, but that’s a different topic. Since Be (used to) care about BeOS sales, it might be worth it for them to lose some money in one area in order to increase the profits of another. For an independent publisher to do such a thing, though, would require an absolute moron in charge. Pissing off potential customers, selling to a small and volatile market, and trying to compete with other companies facing no such obstacles? It’s nothing but a losing proposition.
    [Edited at 21:57 Apr 22 2001 by bkakes]

  38. Zaranthos Says:

    In Response To Anonymous @ 04/22/2001 8:24:02 PM

    Re: Be Inc for sale

    Posted by an annonymous coward…. Hmmm… :P P

  39. Anonymous Says:

    In Response To Anonymous @ 04/20/2001 03:11:09 AM

    Re: Be inc. without jlg

    You have *got* to be kidding. Keep the management team who abandoned their users, screwed their developers, robbed their shareholders and otherwise ran the company into the ground??? I hope if/when someone buys Be the first thing they do is give the entire management team their pink slips. They might be cool people, but they have no place in any type of management position.

  40. Anonymous Says:

    In Response To Anonymous @ 04/20/2001 00:31:09 AM

    Re: [No Subject]

    >
    >Failure to attract even one major software
    >developer doomed BeOS
    >

    This isn’t entirely true, they *had* attracted such companies as Steinberg, eMagic and Maxon. They were just left in the dark along with all BeOS users in the “focus shift”.

    It’s too bad really, it would have been better if they had, in fact, never atracted anyone. It’d be easier to attract companies now rather than re-attracting companies who they’ve screwed in the past. Ahhh the perils of burning your bridges…

  41. gmlongo Says:

    In Response To Anonymous @ 04/21/2001 11:37:16 AM

    Re: This can be good for BeOS.

    I hope AOL does not get involved….

    -G

  42. Anonymous Says:

    In Response To Anonymous @ 04/22/2001 7:15:13 PM

    Re: Killer Game

    If only Be had released the new OpenGL. If only Be had released BONE. If only Be had relased the next version of BeOS. If only Be had kept up relations with developers and the community.

    Maybe they will. If it isn’t too late already…
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~—

    Oh noooooh, it’s *FAR* too late for that. Damage is done. The trust has gone. The memory will always remain. There’s no going back now. Be is suffering now, and will continue to suffer the consequences of their own strategy.

  43. Anonymous Says:

    Gassee have Money - be-community have nothing

    Thanks Jean-Louis Gassee For you to do nothing
    For our Be since 1995 .
    But i think you have enough Money , true ??
    Good luck

  44. phattman Says:

    Could be bad for BeOS too

    Case in point: Amiga
    Amiga was an excellent OS for it’s time. Unfortunately Commodore did not know how to market it and eventually went bankrupt.
    Escom wins the rights to Amiga’s assets in a liquidation in the Bahamas. They go bankrupt within a year.
    Gateway buys it a year later to have access to the patents. Then sells it to a group of investors who are writing a new OS which they call AmigaOne.
    Not many Amiga fans are still using the Amiga. The system which was so far ahead of most Os’s when it came out, is now far behind.

  45. Anonymous Says:

    In Response To Zanoni @ 04/21/2001 9:15:27 PM

    Re: If it was the SonyOS, would you still use it?

    There were another stories.
    About selling/licensing Sony PS2 technologies to OEMs to let them make own devices including general-purpose sets.
    And about problems with soft(Game, Internet application and so on) development/poring for PS2 and PS3, because till now it was nearly assembler-level work.
    So they need useful development environment.
    And in case of technology licensing OEMs need also smth like OS, too

  46. Anonymous Says:

    In Response To Zanoni @ 04/21/2001 9:15:27 PM

    Re: If it was the SonyOS, would you still use it?

    Using an Operating System to abstract from hardware is a design goal that allows software to be ported more easily between hardware. I believe what he means here is that abstracting changes between componentry are unnecessary, not changes between architecture. This exhibits a closed approach to their system as a whole: not abstracting in a generic way to allow 3rd party products and designing API/Interfaces to their trusted hardware… and not believing that this open approach is a Good Thing.

    The PS2 does have an operating system in that it’s common development libraries are given/sold to game manufacturers. These common libraries form the basis of abstraction, and 3rd party software has built on this to further abstraction.

    It is arrogance and big-headedness to have a system without small stepping stones between hardware. Good abstraction is the best ratio of portable code to hardware specific code. A high ratio of portable code is better than a low-ratio of portability. A small company could not ask developers to write just for their platform as they would get no support. In this way it is arrogance and big-headedness to assume that as you’re a big player in the console market you are a market unto yourself.

    Unfortunately _they are_ a market unto themselves and _they are_ big enough to sustain this. The benefits of opening their architecture are not as clear as if they were a small developer. One can make the development of games more difficult than necessary and suceed when you are this big. Games developers see wasted time and they don’t like appreciate it. They want operating system abstraction that benefits PCs - with the elegance of consoles that just turn-on and work (without messing with IRQs and drivers and operating system management).

    Consoles are used more like modern PCs with a better architecture and this side of the console is just starting with the X-Box. They have modems, web browsers, graphics software, word processors and printers. The lack of abstraction is a market that should have died in the ’80s, and is slowly dying further today as users and programmers expect more from computers.

    Sony should buy BeOS because it can provide game developers with the abstraction they want. BeOS is stable and fast and I believe it can take advantage of the Playstation’s graphics oriented hardware to assist programmers unlike any other operating system around. An operating system for a console has been a long time coming but as they become more like PCs it’s inevitable.

    – Holloway, on holiday - released under the OPL :)

  47. DrB Says:

    In Response To Zaranthos @ 04/23/2001 12:01:36 AM

    Re: Be Inc for sale

    I think they see this as some sort of Greek tragedy. JLG is the tragic hero. No marketing is the tragic flaw. But he was not in charge of marketing at Apple, so it seems silly to blame him.

  48. Anonymous Says:

    It’s a Shame…

    It’s a shame isn’t it? How many times have we seen a superior product die before its time because some executive level “atomic brain” couldn’t choose the best path. I saw it with commodore and now I am seeing it with Be. Whilst cruising the net I found a gadget that could rescue Be, BeIa or other such incarnation. A company out of Ralegh/Durham called “Access DTV” makes a DTV reciever that plugs into a pci slot and uses your monitor as an HDTV screen. Since DTV/HDTV is going to be the next big consumer electronics push, the vendor that can place themselves as the BIG os supplier will profit most. Right now “Access DTV” has the drivers written for Microsquish Winduz. Too bad that Be can’t seem to produce drivers to access that card. Would give a small time business a leg up on the big time manufacturers by providing a less expensive way to access the DTV signals that are starting to pop up. Just an idea…

  49. Anonymous Says:

    In Response To Anonymous @ 04/24/2001 3:13:02 PM

    [No Subject]

    Considering the resolution for HDTV is 1920 x 1080 interlaced - why watch HDTV on your computer when you have to down-convert the HDTV signals. And if you can afford a computer monitor that has a 1920×1080 resolution, you can buy a real HDTV.

  50. Anonymous Says:

    In Response To Anonymous @ 04/24/2001 5:08:33 PM

    Re: [No Subject]

    The point is, since an hdtv screen is nothing more than a big monitor, why pay the big $$$ for the converter when you can go down to compusa or fry’s and get a big monitor. also, check the specs for some of those so-called hdtv units, I think you would find that most are about 800×600.

  51. Anonymous Says:

    In Response To Anonymous @ 04/24/2001 10:30:27 PM

    Re: [No Subject]

    Those televisions you mentioned are called “HDTV Ready” TV — it means that it doesn’t have the hdtv decoder box and most of them don’t have letterbox size — they are not real HDTV’s.

    A real HDTV must be capable of displaying 1920×1080i and 1280×780p (and other lesser DTV resolutions). It has to be 16×9 ratio.

    The point is a computer monitor cost 2 or 3 times as much as a tv of the same size. So computer monitors are not that cheap when compare to real hdtv’s. Plus you have to get a sound card and computer speakers for 5.1 sound and a remote control. The cost of the HDTV set top boxes will not be that expensive. Look at the DirectTV satillete set top boxes - a regular STB will cost you $99 and a HDTV/directTV STB will cost you only about $300.

  52. LeftTurn Says:

    In Response To Anonymous @ 04/24/2001 11:22:02 PM

    Re: [No Subject]

    Well, why do people put TV tuner cards into their PCs? The tv is still cheaper. There are people who would buy this stuff.
    The real question is, how hard would it be to turn your HDTV unit into a computer monitor? :)

  53. Anonymous Says:

    In Response To LeftTurn @ 04/25/2001 00:37:39 AM

    Re: [No Subject]

    Something to consider, how many HDTV’s will connect to the internet, play MP3’s, dvd’s. The answer right now is … they don’t !!! Maybe in a few years, but not now. This is a wonderful opportunity for Be, or BeIa… to break into the market. The average consumer thinks that to get on the internet you HAVE to buy a computer, keyboard, mouse AND monitor. Well, there are a lot of people who are intimdated by a computer. That is why they are reluctant to get on the internet. But nobody is intimdated by their television… Just hide the computer and add a wireless keyboard as though it were just another remote… Presto! instant market of about 500 million consumers who will looking for the best value for their money. And which do you think will be considered a better value for money, a run of the mill tv, or a tv that you can play your stereo through, cruise the net and read email, for about the same price…

  54. Anonymous Says:

    In Response To Anonymous @ 04/25/2001 03:51:02 AM

    Re: COMPAQ new PC TV products.

    COMPAQ had announced new line of PC product that combine PC with TV. The PC come with TV/Video Capture, TV Out and capability to play streaming video from Internet.

    http://news.cnet.com/news/0-1006-200-5715513.html

    On another news, 3COM had announced refund for customers who buy AUDREY Internet Appliances.

    http://news.cnet.com/news/0-1006-200-5714213.html

    Perhaps BeIA strategy is wrong and Be Inc. should stick to “MULTIMEDIA Computer” strategy, with better promotion and OFFICE applications.

  55. Zanoni Says:

    In Response To Anonymous @ 04/23/2001 9:27:07 PM

    Re: If it was the SonyOS, would you still use it?

    They’ve announced PS2 Linux Kit,Linux run on Playstation 2, today. Darn!
    http://www.jp.playstation.com/linux/image/main.jpg

    The Press Release is here:
    http://www.jp.playstation.com/linux/press.html

    They are going to release PS2 Linux Kit June.
    It’s a beta version and only for domestic (Japanese) users.

    Though they’re using Linux as the game developing environment of the PS2, PS2 Linux Kit is nothing to do with it.

    You can’t play PS2 games on PS2 Linux Kit, and can’t run game developing environment on it either.

  56. Anonymous Says:

    In Response To Anonymous @ 04/23/2001 5:38:06 PM

    Re: Gassee have Money - be-community have nothing

    Let’s start a haiku contest about how jlg runied everything.

    - Buck

  57. Anonymous Says:

    In Response To Anonymous @ 04/25/2001 8:06:38 PM

    Others have tried this before and failed

    http://www.msnbc.com/news/564130.asp?0nm=C1FT

  58. Mark Hartman Says:

    In Response To DrB @ 04/23/2001 9:49:24 PM

    Re: Be Inc for sale

    JLG was not in charge of marketing, true, but he WAS the one who made the decision to capitulate to Microsoft.

    MS had threatened to stop producing Word and Excel for Mac unless Apple licensed certain patents to MS - the key patents which set the MacOS apart from all other OSes. Due to JLG’s (lack of) handling of the agreement, it was worded broadly enough that a judge eventually found that Apple had given away the store to MS.

    I’m sorry for the Be-ings out there, but Be didn’t have enough going for it to overcome the legacy of JLG.

  59. Anonymous Says:

    In Response To Anonymous @ 04/20/2001 05:59:54 AM

    Re: Be inc. without jlg

    That’s why this Altheos isn’t going to go anywhere. The problem wasn’t poor code that needs more people to work on-the problem is marketing and getting companies to create software for it.
    Ari

  60. Anonymous Says:

    In Response To LeftTurn @ 04/25/2001 00:37:39 AM

    Re: [No Subject]

    Well, why do people put TV tuner cards into their PCs?
    ============================================

    So they can work on their computer and watch tv in the same space, rather than looking from one screen to the next, from one screen to the next all the time. That’s why. Plus, if you have a computer, there’s no need for the added expense and room for another CRT if you buy a cheap tuner card for it, and it’s SO convenient having the TV and the computer ‘the same box’, especially if you use the computer a lot. It makes perfect sense to integrate the two.

  61. Anonymous Says:

    In Response To Anonymous @ 04/19/2001 11:17:05 PM

    Re: If it was the SonyOS, would you still use it?

    >I wouldn’t care if it were called Windows 2002.

    Hmm…I probably wouldn’t care, but I’d have to look the baby over to make sure it doesn’t have M$ stamped anywhere :-)

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