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BeOS to become AOL OS?

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Posted by:Ryan on Friday, 18 May, 2001 @ 4:07 PM
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Ladies and Gentlemen… may I present for your consideration, yet another AOL Buying and Using BeOS story. This one is by Kelly McNeill of osOpinion, and pretty much restates the speculation out there. It has actually made it’s way to yahoo as well. While I am not sure I agree exactly with his philosophy (I see it more likely that Sony buys Be and licenses it to AOL…), it does make interesting topic for discussion. Hell, maybe some crazy people will read it on yahoo, and my stock will go up. It can’t go anywhere else. :P

19 Responses to “BeOS to become AOL OS?”

  1. Muktar Says:

    Rumors are good

    Yes, good quality rumors like this to raise the stock price are GREAT!
    [Edited at 16:19 May 18 2001 by Muktar]

  2. Nutcase Says:

    In Response To Muktar @ 05/18/2001 4:19:38 PM

    Re: Rumors are good

    unless you work for one of the companies involved, in which case they are illegal. Since I am just reporting on what someone else said, thats ok. But still. :P

  3. rgering Says:

    Spur it on a little…

    AOL was talking with Metroworkz back in 1999 about Metroworkz creating a AOL branded system. Metroworkz was using BeOS (There is a press release in June of 1999).
    Maybe Sony will buy BeOS and build a AOL branded system…That would give even more reasons for Sony to buy BeOS.

  4. LeftTurn Says:


    If by some chance this actually happens and AOL buys Be, that would be a very bad thing for me. I would have to settle for using existing BeOS until it was completely outdated, then find a whole other OS. AOL ruins everything they touch and would destroy all the things that make BeOS great as an OS.

    I would like to see Be’s stock go up for all you shareholders out there, but this would be AS BAD AS MS owning Be.

    Please, please, please don’t let it be true! :-(

  5. Anonymous Says:

    Small correction…

    You say you don’t agree with “her” but Kelly McNeill is male.
    Check out the background he gives on himself at the bottom of the article:

    “He appreciates comments in regard to his editorial”

  6. Anonymous Says:



    Wake up… such a ridiculous thing to even say,
    let alone to publish on the internet! :P

    Uhh HELLO?!? Linux is ALREADY selling for use on
    the PS2 in Japan. Netscape runs natively on Linux,
    and so do many many AOL-IM programs. AOL has already
    released a beta/preview of their software for linux
    - nearly a year ago.

    If such a rumour were true, why in the hell would
    a company waste their time, money and other resources
    redoing everything they’ve already done for an
    O.S. that is deader than a fish out of water?!?!?!

    Don’t make me laugh… oh too late!

  7. Nutcase Says:

    In Response To Anonymous @ 05/18/2001 6:05:16 PM

    Re: Small correction…

    /me is embarassed. /me fixed the error. Sorry Kelly.

  8. seether Says:

    In Response To Anonymous @ 05/18/2001 6:10:35 PM

    Re: BE-AOL

    Because BeOS is a much more user friendly OS IMHO than LINUX is.

    And having said that, I think would be a greater match for AOLs target user than LINUX.

  9. Anonymous Says:

    In Response To Anonymous @ 05/18/2001 6:10:35 PM

    Re: BE-AOL

    why are you hanging out in a BeOS news site forum if you think the OS is as dead as a fish out of water.
    i can give you one good reason why these companies would use BeOS instead of linux: the GPL.

    any customizations that a company would make to gnu/linux would have to be released to the community at large. such worries do not exist if you use a closed source system (like BeOS). it’s simple business strategy.

  10. Anonymous Says:

    In Response To seether @ 05/18/2001 6:20:53 PM

    Re: BE-AOL

    What? Stupid people?
    But seriously though, would you really want to be beholden to AOL. Sure, it’s not The Sirius Cybernetics Corporation, but still…..

  11. AgtAlpha Says:

    In Response To Anonymous @ 05/18/2001 6:10:35 PM

    Re: BE-AOL

    Well, I hate to add fuel to the fire, but AOL already runs on Linux — at least some version of it. I can’t remember the code name (AOL-Files had a screenshot of it last summer, starts with a “g” I think), but it’s there. I believe it’s java based. Gateway was using it with their AOL net appliances that weren’t selling too well. But, it’s been shown that AOL can do the Linux route if they so choose.

    However, as much as I love BeAIM, and the new version promises to be much more stable, I would love file transfer capability with a Be-based AIM client. I hate the adds, but just hide the buddylist window, eh.

    So much for my optimism .. but I will continue using BeOS as long as my boxes can support it. Especially the next box I build ….

    – Rob

  12. Anonymous Says:

    In Response To Anonymous @ 05/18/2001 6:26:50 PM

    Re: BE-AOL

    no, only if you use gpl’s code in said program..
    there are ways around this as any informed coder would know lol
    things like binary-only modules, for such things as
    device drivers, audio/video codecs, etc etc..
    how do you think the nvidia accelerated openGL
    drivers came to be available for linux eh?
    you think those are GPL?!?!

  13. Anonymous Says:

    In Response To seether @ 05/18/2001 6:20:53 PM

    Re: BE-AOL

    you are talking about the generic, gpl linux distros..
    that is the most ludricrous comparison i have ever heard of
    lol j/k..
    Now, look here: you think mac OSX is as difficult
    as say, freeBSD? LOL!
    That is what happens when you have a single company
    produce a REAL product.. not some mish-mash POS

  14. Anonymous Says:

    In Response To LeftTurn @ 05/18/2001 6:03:05 PM

    [No Subject]

    How about winamp?

    I hate how people are always paranoid of giant corporate mergers.

  15. Nutcase Says:

    In Response To Anonymous @ 05/19/2001 04:22:54 AM

    Re: [No Subject]

    Winamp was written by Nullsoft, who were then purchased by AOL. Since being purchased, there hasnt really been a significant release of winamp. Version 3 is in development, but has yet to come out.

    When Nullsoft created gnutella, AOL immediately ripped it offline. When Nullsoft created a way to remove ads from AIM, AOL immediately ripped it offline.

    AOL is a great owner unless you do something unique or remotely scary to one of the other industries they are in.

    People are paranoid of giant corporate mergers because corporations are amoral, and do whatever it takes to make money. Giant corporations have more influence and power, and thus can cause a lot more damage.

  16. Nutcase Says:

    In Response To Anonymous @ 05/19/2001 00:35:07 AM

    Re: BE-AOL

    um… we /are/ talking about AOL-OS. If AOL were going to make an OS based on Linux, the odds are pretty damn good that they would have to use GPLed code in “said program”

    We all know they could create a closed source AOL app for linux. hell.. they did that. But there is not a chance they could create a closed source AOL-OS linux distro.

    Quite honestly, getting linux usable to a point that AOL would release it as their OS (which is gonna have to be user friendly to a fault) is nearly impossible. They would be more likely to buy BeOS, and just slam a new gui on it. It would cost them a LOT less as well (remember, when they BUY be, the licensing cost issue vanishes, so it’s just as free as linux after the initial purchase)

  17. Anonymous Says:

    This is old news

    Be users already covered this..and fleshed it out better….a week ago…


    And there were more before…

  18. Anonymous Says:

    In Response To Anonymous @ 05/18/2001 6:10:35 PM

    Re: AOhelL

    I really hope that any rumours putting together AOheLL and Be are just wild rumours and nothing more.

    I agree that the touch of AOL is the touch of anti-Midas,
    just look what happened to Netscape.

    If nothing else, the arrival of AOL would mean (the arrival of) bloatware and spyware, which are both approppriate terms in describing the contents of the current AOL-Netscape 6.

    And the interests of (the owners of) AOL is to force-feed more ads, sell more stuff and keep the users tagged, spied, categorized, cataloged and spammed.
    Surely the independent status of our current BeOS platform would be much better?

    Besides, there is a non-AOL version of the Netscape 6 browser, too, and that’s the Mozilla (Freemonkey) browser, available for MicroBorg Windows, Mac OS, Linux and hopefully for BeOS, as well.

  19. Anonymous Says:

    In Response To LeftTurn @ 05/18/2001 6:03:05 PM

    Re: Aaakkk!

    Hey, there’s an idea. If MS bought Be, at least there’d be a lot of existing driver development going on. And hey! Compatibility w/ MS networking. Who needs BONE?

    Yeah, right…

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