[NPL] Free Update to BeOS Release 3.1
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In the U.S. and Pacific:
Scott Paterson, scott@be.com
+1 (650) 462-4112

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

Be Provides Free Update to BeOS Release 3.1 Free Download Available to
Current BeOS Release 3 Customers

MENLO PARK, Calif (June 16, 1998) -- Be, Inc. announced today the release
of a free update for current Be Operating System Release 3 customers to
BeOS Release 3.1 for both Intel Pentium and PowerPC systems. Effective
immediately, all new shipments of the BeOS will include Release 3.1.
Current BeOS Release 3 customers may download the free update to Release
3.1 from the Be, Inc. web site (http://www.be.com).

BeOS Release 3.1 provides support for additional hardware and peripherals
and adds the following functionality:

DOS FAT File System Support -- Taking advantage of the modular architecture
for supporting foreign file systems, an add-on for DOS FAT16 and FAT32 file
systems is now included, and complements existing support for ISO9660, Mac
OS (HFS), and Be file systems.

Serial Preferences -- Preliminary support for configuring and using ISA
Plug and Play cards, including internal modems.

Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol -- Preliminary support for automatic
TCP/IP address assignment via DHCP.

SCSI Support -- Preliminary support for SCSI storage devices connected via
the Buslogic BT948 SCSI card.

Extended Sound Support -- Opti931 (OPTi, Inc) and YMF715 (Yamaha) sound
chips are now supported.

Extended Motherboard Support -- Intel Dakota (440LX) motherboards are now
supported by the BeOS. Additional changes for different motherboard and
BIOS versions improve support for a variety of other motherboards.

Additional Improvements -- Additional network interface card drivers,
additional graphics card drivers, and support for extended partitions is
also included.

Be, Inc. will demonstrate BeOS Release 3.1 at PC Expo (Booth 1640). At the
show, the following third party developers will demonstrate current
commercial applications available for the BeOS:

Adamation, Inc. - personalStudio (real-time digital video compositing)

BeatWare, Inc. - BeBasics (productivity suite), Mail-It (email client), and
Get-It (Internet file transfer)

Gobe Software, Inc. - Productive (interactive productivity suite)

Mediapede - Lazlo (real-time digital media editor)

rdesign, Inc. - Showboat (multimedia presentation), rocolour (color
creation), Backrow (background creator).


About Be
Be, Inc., founded in 1990 by Jean-Louis Gasse, is a software company
focusing on building new foundations for the next generation of digital
content and media design tools. With a team of industry-leading engineers
and business executives in the United States and Europe, the company is
dedicated to removing the limitations of existing computer architectures
and delivering a new level of price performance.

In 1997, Be published the first public releases of the Be Operating System
(BeOS), the core product of this strategy. Additional information on Be and
the BeOS is available from the Be, Inc. web site (http://www.be.com/). Be,
Inc. is headquartered in Menlo Park, California.


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