Operating Systems Programmers Flock to BeOS

A disturbing trend in modern OSes is to abandon optimization code for multiple processors. Most operating system are optimized for the i686 platform by default, and 64bit compiles are becoming more common. What are the users of tried and true processors like the 486 or Pentium I supposed to do? Enter BeOS.

BeOS is an operating system designed to run on a wide variety of processors. And since it was created the early 90's, you can bet the code runs smooth even the 386 processor. Got a 286? No
problem.

In a recent discussion about BeOS, Gadget Guy Shawn Powers said, "I'm thrilled about BeOS! I didn't think my old 286 laptop would ever be useful again. Now, with BeOS, not only am I surfin' the web at 2400 baud, but I can sync with my Palm III again!"

Shawn also gives us a list of the advantages BeOS offers over other, more bloated operating systems:

* Low hard disk demands
* Miniscule RAM requirements
* Compatible with TONS of legacy hardware
* Full VGA & CGA support!
* Carrying around a 286 laptop is great exercise
* Floppy disk support
* 9 & 25 pin serial port support

In the end, it really boils down to what you want in an operating system. If you're looking for something optimized for the i386 platform, with the ability to run on any x86 CPU -- BeOS is the OS for you. Don't let the high demands of Vista, Ubuntu, or even Windows 98 get you down. BeOS levels the playing field, and makes your antiquated hardware scream.

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