[MD1] VirtualMac for BeOS
TweetFollow Us on Twitter

[MD1] VirtualMac for BeOS

For more information contact

North America & Pacific:
Mark Gonzales, markg@be.com
(415) 462-4100

Europe:
Jean Calmon, jean@beeurope.com
(33) 1 49 06 73 75

BE DEMONSTRATES VIRTUALMAC
FOR THE BE OPERATING SYSTEM
New technology from fredlabs, inc. will provide a bridge for
customers and developers making the transition to the BeOS.

MACWORLD EXPO, SAN FRANCISCO, Calif (January 7, 1997) - This week at
Macworld Expo, Be Inc. is demonstrating, for the first time,
technology that allows the Be Operating System (BeOS(tm)) to run System
7.x MacOS applications directly within its multitasking,
multiprocessor environment.

Developed by fredlabs, inc., a software company based in San
Francisco, VirtualMac(tm) allows both modern BeOS applications and
current System 7.x applications to be active at the same time, and
for data to be exchanged between the systems.

Last August, Be announced it would enhance the BeOS to provide support
for a wide variety of PowerPC based systems, including those based on
Apple's PowerMacintosh designs. The company began shipping the BeOS
for PowerMac development kit to software developers last month. Be has
committed to delivering "dual-boot" capability - the ability to run
both the BeOS and MacOS (or any other system) on a single machine -
when it delivers the first public release of the BeOS in the first
calendar quarter of 1997. The company has also committed to
delivering the ability to access Mac formatted disks within the BeOS,
as well as data file compatibility and Internet compatibility between
the two systems.

But VirtualMac capabilities go a step further - adding the ability to
run System 7.x applications directly within the BeOS environment.
During the Expo, Be and fredlabs plan to demonstrate Microsoft Word
and Excel, ClarisWorks, and other applications running within the
VirtualMac environment.

"We've believed that creating virtual machines, such as VirtualMac,
was possible on the BeOS because of the modern OS services and
uncluttered architecture it provides." said Jean-Louis Gassee,
president and CEO of Be, Inc. "What fredlabs has created, however,
has far surpassed our expectations, and this product will provide a
clear bridge for customers and developers making transitions to the
BeOS."

"We've been looking at the BeOS environment for the past year, and
after taking a close look at the OS, we asked ourselves the question,
'What type of software could we build that would really enhance the
BeOS for a large number of users?'" said Fred Huxham, co-founder of
fredlabs, inc. "VirtualMac seemed like a logical answer.

The companies stress that VirtualMac is still under development, and
that a number of decisions remain to be made regarding how best to
integrate the System 7.x environment into the BeOS. For example,
whether VirtualMac appears in a window within the BeOS, or in one of
the BeOS's desktop workspaces, has yet to be decided. fredlabs has
prototyped both approaches.

To provide the System 7.x capabilities, VirtualMac creates a set of
processes within the BeOS which, to MacOS applications, look like a
Macintosh environment. In this way, VirtualMac is simply another task
within the BeOS system. The implementation makes use of the MacOS ROMs
found in PowerMacintosh hardware designs, within PowerMac clones, and
within future systems based on the PowerPC Platform (PPCP or CHRP)
design.

The companies stated that it will take further study to determine how
far the multitasking and multiprocessor capabilities inherent in the
BeOS can be used within the VirtualMac environment, and the limits on
compatibility with certain classes of System 7.x software. But early
results are encouraging, and one benefit is immediately apparent: If
the VirtualMac environment encounters problems, it can be shut down
and rebuilt without rebooting the BeOS system or the hardware.

Attendees of the Macworld Expo can see the VirtualMac demonstration at
Be's booth in the south hall, as well as at the Power Computing booth
in north hall. Information is also available at Be's web site at
http://www.be.com.

----------------------------------------------------------------------

Be Operating System (BeOS)
Summary of MacOS System 7.x Compatibility Features

DUAL BOOT CAPABILITIES
Includes the ability to run the BeOS and MacOS on a
single PowerPC system. One OS is active at any one
time. Supports loading systems on separate hard disks,
or on separate partitions of a single disk.

Available: Now
Introduced with the BeOS development
kit last month. Will be a feature of the
Q1 public release.

DATA COMPATIBILITY
Includes the ability to access MacOS formatted volumes
directly from within the BeOS, and ability to read
System 7.x files and various data formats.

Available: In Q1 Release

NETWORK COMPATIBILITY
Internet TCP/IP-based service compatibility and
interchange with Mac and Windows systems, and
AppleTalk capabilities with Mac-based systems.

Available: Now
Internet capabilities to be enhanced in
the Q1 release. Be is studying
AppleTalk network compatibility,
availability to be announced.

VIRTUALMAC CAPABILITIES
Includes the ability to run existing System 7.x
applications within the BeOS environment.

Available: Demonstrated
Availability to be announced later in Q1

----------------------------------------------------------------------
About fredlabs, Inc.

fredlabs, inc. is a privately held company that was founded in 1995 by
Fred Huxham and Fred Monroe. fredlabs is a quiet, yet powerful software
developer that has produced software for a wide range of platforms,
including Windows 95, Windows NT, MacOS, and the BeOS.

fredlabs, inc
Tel: (415) 788-851
e-mail: info@fredlabs.com
Internet: http://www.fredlabs.com

About Be, Inc.

Be, Inc. was founded by Jean-Louis Gassee in 1990 to overcome the
limitations of existing computer architectures. With a team of
industry-leading engineers and business executives in the United
States and Europe, the company has positioned itself to become a key
player in fast-growing application markets. Be, Inc. is headquartered
in Menlo Park, California.

Corporate Offices:
Be, Inc.
800 El Camino Real, Suite 300
Menlo Park, California 94025
Tel: (415) 462-4100
Fax: (415) 462-4129
Internet: http://www.be.com
e-mail: info@be.com
FTP site: ftp://ftp.be.com

European Offices:
Be, Inc.
Suite 336, Immeuble Olivetti
Rue de l'ancien marche
92800 Puteaux
France
Tel: (33) 1 49 06 73 77
Fax: (33) 1 49 06 73 79
Internet: http://www.beeurope.com
e-mail: infobe@beeurope.com

Copyright 1997 Be, Inc. Be is a registered trademark, and the Be
logo, the BeOS logo, BeBox, BeOS, BWare and GeekPort are trademarks of
Be, Inc. fredlabs and VirtualMac are trademarks of fredlabs, inc.
All other trademarks mentioned belong to their respective owners.

 
AAPL
$95.60
Apple Inc.
-2.55
MSFT
$43.16
Microsoft Corpora
-0.42
GOOG
$571.60
Google Inc.
-15.82

MacTech Search:
Community Search:

Software Updates via MacUpdate

OneNote 15.2 - Free digital notebook fro...
OneNote is your very own digital notebook. With OneNote, you can capture that flash of genius, that moment of inspiration, or that list of errands that’s too important to forget. Whether you’re at... Read more
iStat Menus 4.22 - Monitor your system r...
iStat Menus lets you monitor your system right from the menubar. Included are 8 menu extras that let you monitor every aspect of your system. Some features: CPU -- Monitor cpu usage. 7 display... Read more
Ember 1.8 - Versatile digital scrapbook....
Ember (formerly LittleSnapper) is your digital scrapbook of things that inspire you: websites, photos, apps or other things. Just drag in images that you want to keep, organize them into relevant... Read more
OmniPlan 2.3.6 - Robust project manageme...
With OmniPlan, you can create logical, manageable project plans with Gantt charts, schedules, summaries, milestones, and critical paths. Break down the tasks needed to make your project a success,... Read more
Command-C 1.1.1 - Clipboard sharing tool...
Command-C is a revolutionary app which makes easy to share your clipboard between iOS and OS X using your local WiFi network, even if the app is not currently opened. Copy anything (text, pictures,... Read more
Knock 1.1.7 - Unlock your Mac by knockin...
Knock is a faster, safer way to sign in. You keep your iPhone with you all the time. Now you can use it as a password. You never have to open the app -- just knock on your phone twice, even when it's... Read more
Mellel 3.3.6 - Powerful word processor w...
Mellel is the leading word processor for OS X and has been widely considered the industry standard since its inception. Mellel focuses on writers and scholars for technical writing and multilingual... Read more
LibreOffice 4.3.0.4 - Free Open Source o...
LibreOffice is an office suite (word processor, spreadsheet, presentations, drawing tool) compatible with other major office suites. The Document Foundation is coordinating development and... Read more
Freeway Pro 7.0 - Drag-and-drop Web desi...
Freeway Pro lets you build websites with speed and precision... without writing a line of code! With it's user-oriented drag-and-drop interface, Freeway Pro helps you piece together the website of... Read more
Drive Genius 3.2.4 - Powerful system uti...
Drive Genius is an OS X utility designed to provide unsurpassed storage management. Featuring an easy-to-use interface, Drive Genius is packed with powerful tools such as a drive optimizer, a... Read more

Latest Forum Discussions

See All

Dawn of the Immortals Review
Dawn of the Immortals Review By Jennifer Allen on July 31st, 2014 Our Rating: :: RESPECTABLE EXPLORATIONUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad Dawn of the Immortals might not re-invent the wheel, but it does tweak it a little... | Read more »
80 Days Review
80 Days Review By Jennifer Allen on July 31st, 2014 Our Rating: :: EPIC ADVENTUREUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad A fantastic and fascinating re-envisioning of the classic novel by Jules Verne, 80 Days is a delightful... | Read more »
Battleheart Legacy Guide
The world of Battleheart Legacy is fun and deep; full of wizards, warriors, and witches. Here are some tips and tactics to help you get the most enjoyment out of this great game. | Read more »
Puzzle Roo Review
Puzzle Roo Review By Jennifer Allen on July 31st, 2014 Our Rating: :: PUZZLE-BASED TWISTUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad A different take on the usual block dropping puzzle game, Puzzle Roo is quite pleasant.   | Read more »
Super Crossfire Re-Release Super Crossfi...
Super Crossfire Re-Release Super Crossfighter Coming Soon, Other Radiangames Titles Go 50% Off Posted by Ellis Spice on July 31st, 2014 [ | Read more »
Hexiled Review
Hexiled Review By Rob Thomas on July 31st, 2014 Our Rating: :: HEX SELLSUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad In space, no one can hear you… spell? Hexiled is a neat concept for a word scramble puzzle, but it doesn’t go too... | Read more »
Summoners War: Sky Arena Passes 10 Milli...
Summoners War: Sky Arena Passes 10 Million Installs! Posted by Jessica Fisher on July 31st, 2014 [ permalink ] Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad | Read more »
Deep Loot Review
Deep Loot Review By Jennifer Allen on July 31st, 2014 Our Rating: :: DIVE DEEPUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad Dive deep in this fun explore-em-up that’s a little grind heavy but ultimately quite entertaining.   | Read more »
Despicable Me: Minion Rush is One Year O...
Despicable Me: Minion Rush is One Year Old, Gets its Biggest Update Yet Posted by Jennifer Allen on July 31st, 2014 [ permalink ] Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad | Read more »
Fish & Shark Review
Fish & Shark Review By Jordan Minor on July 31st, 2014 Our Rating: :: FLAPPY FISHUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad Fish & Shark’s beauty is only scale deep.   | Read more »

Price Scanner via MacPrices.net

Save up to $130 on an iPad mini with Apple re...
The Apple Store has Certified Refurbished 2nd generation iPad minis with Retina Displays available for up to $130 off the cost of new models, starting at $339. Apple’s one-year warranty is included... Read more
iPad Cannibalization Threat “Overblown”
Seeking Alpha’s Kevin Greenhalgh observes that while many commentators think Apple’s forthcoming 5.5-inch panel iPhone 6 will cannibalize iPad sales, in his estimation, these concerns are being... Read more
Primate Labs Releases July 2014 MacBook Pro P...
Primate Labs’ John Poole has posted Geekbench 3 results for most of the new MacBook Pro models that Apple released on Tuesday. Poole observes that overall performance improvements for the new MacBook... Read more
Apple Re-Releases Bugfixed MacBook Air EFI Fi...
Apple has posted a bugfixed version EFI Firmware Update 2.9 a for MacBook Air (Mid 2011) models. The update addresses an issue where systems may take longer to wake from sleep than expected, and... Read more
Save $50 on the 2.5GHz Mac mini, plus free sh...
B&H Photo has the 2.5GHz Mac mini on sale for $549.99 including free shipping. That’s $50 off MSRP, and B&H will also include a free copy of Parallels Desktop software. NY sales tax only. Read more
Save up to $140 on an iPad Air with Apple ref...
Apple is offering Certified Refurbished iPad Airs for up to $140 off MSRP. Apple’s one-year warranty is included with each model, and shipping is free. Stock tends to come and go with some of these... Read more
$250 price drop on leftover 15-inch Retina Ma...
B&H Photo has dropped prices on 2013 15″ Retina MacBook Pros by $250 off original MSRP. Shipping is free, and B&H charges NY sales tax only: - 15″ 2.3GHz Retina MacBook Pro: $2249, $250 off... Read more
More iPad Upgrade Musings – The ‘Book Mystiqu...
Much discussed recently, what with Apple reporting iPad sales shrinkage over two consecutive quarters, is that it had apparently been widely assumed that tablet users would follow a two-year hardware... Read more
13-inch 2.5GHz MacBook Pro on sale for $999,...
Best Buy has the 13″ 2.5GHz MacBook Pro available for $999.99 on their online store. Choose free shipping or free instant local store pickup (if available). Their price is $100 off MSRP. Price is... Read more
Save up to $300 on an iMac with Apple refurbi...
The Apple Store has Apple Certified Refurbished iMacs available for up to $300 off the cost of new models. Apple’s one-year warranty is standard, and shipping is free. These are the best prices on... Read more

Jobs Board

*Apple* Retail - Multiple Positions (US) - A...
Sales Specialist - Retail Customer Service and Sales Transform Apple Store visitors into loyal Apple customers. When customers enter the store, you're also the Read more
Sr. Product Leader, *Apple* Store Apps - Ap...
**Job Summary** Imagine what you could do here. At Apple , great ideas have a way of becoming great products, services, and customer experiences very quickly. Bring Read more
Sr Software Lead Engineer, *Apple* Online S...
Sr Software Lead Engineer, Apple Online Store Publishing Systems Keywords: Company: Apple Job Code: E3PCAK8MgYYkw Location (City or ZIP): Santa Clara Status: Full Read more
Sr Software Lead Engineer, *Apple* Online S...
Sr Software Lead Engineer, Apple Online Store Publishing Systems Keywords: Company: Apple Job Code: E3PCAK8MgYYkw Location (City or ZIP): Santa Clara Status: Full Read more
*Apple* Solutions Consultant (ASC) - Apple (...
**Job Summary** The ASC is an Apple employee who serves as an Apple brand ambassador and influencer in a Reseller's store. The ASC's role is to grow Apple Read more
All contents are Copyright 1984-2011 by Xplain Corporation. All rights reserved. Theme designed by Icreon.