May 10, 1997

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The “Be Book” is First Title in Publishing Program for Be Developers

SEBASTOPOL, CA–Technical publisher O’Reilly & Associates, Inc., is the
official publisher of technical documentation for the Be operating system
(BeOS), O’Reilly and Be, Inc., announced today at the Be Developers’
Conference in Santa Clara, CA. The first title, the two-volume “Be Book,”
will be published in July when the final version of the BeOS is released.
The “Be Book” is the official programmer’s reference manual for the BeOS,
providing developers with direct access to the internals of this
revolutionary new operating system. It includes two volumes and two CD-ROMs
that contain the entire operating system. O’Reilly will be publishing more
titles for Be programmers and users in late 1997 and 1998.

“We’re excited about the technological and commercial potential of the
BeOS. Our Be publications will be the kind of no-holds-barred, technically
rigorous books that have won us loyal readers in the Internet and UNIX
worlds,” stated Tim O’Reilly, president of O’Reilly & Associates. “Anyone
who has seen the BeOS in action experiences immediate techno-lust. Here is
an operating system that speaks multimedia, threading, and multiprocessing
as one who was raised speaking them from birth, rather than as languages
painfully acquired through second-rate schooling. We’re planning books that
will help high-end graphics and multimedia programmers exploit Be’s
considerable power to the fullest.”

“Serious programmers depend on O’Reilly books to give them the right
information, and in a useful, productive, and readable form,” said
Jean-Louis Gassee, president and CEO of Be, Inc. “When we were considering
how to make BeOS technical documentation widely available, O’Reilly was the
name that came first to our minds, and was mentioned most frequently by our
developers. We’re pleased to be working with them.”

Be will be providing O’Reilly with complete pre-release technical
information. The two companies will work together to make definitive
documentation available as the BeOS and Be software are developed further.


O’Reilly & Associates is recognized worldwide for its definitive books on
the Internet, programming, and UNIX; Internet software; and market
research. O’Reilly is a major developer of Win32 software for the Internet,
with software products including WebSite Professional (Web server software
for Windows 95 and Windows NT), WebBoard (Web conferencing system), and
PolyForm (Web site form-building software). O’Reilly Research, the
company’s newest division, surveys the rapidly evolving online services

O’Reilly affiliate company Songline Studios specializes in developing
innovative, interactive content for online audiences. Current projects
include Web Review, an online magazine for Web developers and designers
(, online content development for various media
companies, and two book series-the Web Review Studio Series (aimed at Web
designers and content developers) and Songline Guides (books that address
different communities of interest on the Internet).


Be, Inc., founded in 1990 by Jean-Louis Gassee, 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 is publishing
the first public releases of the Be Operating System (BeOS), the core
product of this strategy. Be, Inc., is headquartered in Menlo Park,
California. More information about Be and the BeOS can be found online at

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