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  1. Meet the BeOS
  4. Some questions to ask yourself before taking the plunge
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Some questions to ask yourself before taking the plunge

Are you dissatisfied with the way
your current OS handles AV apps?


Do you feel that your hardware
is capable of a lot better performance
than you're getting from it?


Have you seen one Blue Screen
of Death
or Type 11 Error
bomb too many?


Do you feel like Microsoft/Apple/
Name-Your-Favorite-OS-Vendor has
forgotten how to listen to its users?


Do you have a great deal of
respect for Linux but think
it's just too danged difficult to
configure and use?


Would you like your machine to
boot in 10 seconds
rather than 70?


Would you like your operating
system to give you up to 32 desktops
instead of just one?


Do the words "real-time effects processing"
mean anything to you?


How about: pre-emptive multitasking; pervasive
multithreading; 64-bit, fully journaled file system;
object-oriented API?


If you answered no to the question above, try again
with these terms: screamingly fast, elegantly
designed, unencumbered, fluid, utterly stable,
inspired, futuristic?


Do you think computing can be an aesthetic
(as well as a functional) experience?


Do you believe that great technology can prevail
on its own terms even if it means swimming
against the tide?


If you answered yes to three or more of the questions above, you owe it to yourself to take the BeOS for a test drive. You don't have to switch operating systems overnight. Just clear some disk space and give it a shot. Beware, though: The more time you spend in BeOS, the more time you'll want to spend in BeOS. You have been warned.

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