[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

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

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

"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)

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


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

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.

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

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.

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
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.


Community Search:
MacTech Search:

Software Updates via MacUpdate

World of Tanks Generals guide - Tips and...
World of Tanks Generals is a brand new card game by the developer behind the World of Tanks shooter franchise. It plays like a cross between chess and your typical card game. You have to keep in consideration where you place your tanks on the board... | Read more »
TruckSimulation 16 guide: How to succeed...
Remember those strangely enjoyable truck missions in Grand Theft Auto V whereit was a disturbing amount of fun to deliver cargo? TruckSimulation 16 is reminiscent of that, and has you play the role of a truck driver who has to deliver various... | Read more »
The best GIF making apps
Animated GIFs have exploded in popularity recently which is likely thanks to a combination of Tumblr, our shorter attention spans, and the simple fact they’re a lot of fun. [Read more] | Read more »
The best remote desktop apps for iOS
We've been sifting through the App Store to find the best ways to do computer tasks on a tablet. That gave us a thought - what if we could just do computer tasks from our tablets? Here's a list of the best remote desktop apps to help you use your... | Read more »
Warhammer 40,000: Freeblade guide - How...
Warhammer 40,000: Freebladejust launched in the App Store and it lets you live your childhood dream of blowing up and slashing a bunch of enemies as a massive, hulking Space Marine. It's not easy being a Space Marine though - and particularly if... | Read more »
Gopogo guide - How to bounce like the be...
Nitrome just launched a new game and, as to be expected, it's a lot of addictive fun. It's called Gopogo, and it challenges you to hoparound a bunch of platforms, avoiding enemies and picking up shiny stuff. It's not easy though - just like the... | Read more »
Sago Mini Superhero (Education)
Sago Mini Superhero 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Education Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: KAPOW! Jack the rabbit bursts into the sky as the Sago Mini Superhero! Fly with Jack as he lifts impossible weights,... | Read more »
Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes guide - How...
Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes is all about collecting heroes, powering them up, and using them together to defeat your foes. It's pretty straightforward stuff for the most part, but increasing your characters' stats can be a bit confusing because it... | Read more »
The best cooking apps (just in time for...
It’s that time of year again, where you’ll be gathering around the dinner table with your family and a huge feast in front of you. [Read more] | Read more »
Square Rave guide - How to grab those te...
Square Rave is an awesome little music-oriented puzzle game that smacks of games like Lumines, but with its own unique sense of gameplay. To help wrap your head around the game, keep the following tips and tricks in mind. [Read more] | Read more »

Price Scanner via MacPrices.net

Cyber Monday: Apple MacBooks on sale for up t...
Apple resellers have MacBook Pros, MacBook Airs, and MacBooks on sale for up to $250 off MSRP for Cyber Monday 2015. The following is a roundup of the lowest prices available for new models from any... Read more
Cyber Monday: 15% off Apple products, and sto...
Use code CYBER15 on Cyber Monday only to take 15% on Apple products at Target, and store-wide. Choose free shipping or free local store pickup (if available). Sale prices for online orders only, in-... Read more
iPad Air 2 And iPad mini Among Top Five Black...
Adobe has released its 2015 online shopping data for Black Friday and Thanksgiving Day. The five best selling electronic products on Black Friday were Samsung 4K TVs, Apple iPad Air 2, Microsoft Xbox... Read more
All-in-one PC Shipments Projected To Drop Ove...
Digitimes’ Aaron Lee and Joseph Tsai report that all-in-one (AIO) PC shipments may drop a double-digit percentage on-year in 2015 due to weaker-than-expected demand, although second-largest AIO make... Read more
Sprint Offers iPad Pro
Sprint now offers Apple’s new iPad Pro with Wi-Fi + Cellular, featuring a 12.9-inch Retina display with 5.6 million pixels. Customers can pick up iPad Pro at select Sprint retail locations. It can... Read more
Cyber Monday: Target offers 15% discount on A...
Target has discounted Apple Watches by 15% for Cyber Monday. Choose free shipping or free local store pickup (if available). Sale prices for online orders only, in-store prices may vary: - Apple... Read more
Sunday roundup of Holiday weekend Mac sales:...
Take up to $500 off MSRP on the price of a new Mac at B&H Photo today as part of their Black Friday/Holiday weekend sale. Shipping is free, and B&H charges NY tax only. These prices are... Read more
Holiday weekend: Apple Watch on sale for $50-...
B&H Photo has the Apple Watch on sale today for $50-$100 off MSRP. Shipping is free, and B&H charges NY sales tax only: - Apple Watch Sport: $50 off - Apple Watch: $50-$100 off Read more
Holiday weekend: iPad Air 2s on sale for up t...
B&H Photo has iPad Air 2s on sale for up to $80 off MSRP including free shipping plus NY sales tax only: - 16GB iPad Air 2 WiFi: $459 $40 off - 64GB iPad Air 2 WiFi: $569 $30 off - 128GB iPad Air... Read more
Holiday weekend Mac sales roundup: B&H Ph...
B&H Photo continues to have all new Macs on sale for up to $500 off MSRP as part of their Black Friday/Holiday weekend sale. Shipping is free, and B&H charges NY tax only: - 15″ 2.2GHz Retina... Read more

Jobs Board

Technical Program Manager, Strategic Merchant...
# Technical Program Manager, Strategic Merchants - Apple Pay Job Number: 44001177 Santa Clara Valley, Califo ia, United States Posted: Oct. 30, 2015 Weekly Hours: 40.00 Read more
Frameworks Engineer, *Apple* Watch - Apple...
# Frameworks Engineer, Apple Watch Job Number: 41403122 Santa Clara Valley, Califo ia, United States Posted: Jul. 1, 2015 Weekly Hours: 40.00 **Job Summary** Join the Read more
Software Engineer - *Apple* Pay - Apple (Un...
# Software Engineer - Apple Pay Job Number: 44003246 Santa Clara Valley, Califo ia, United States Posted: Nov. 16, 2015 Weekly Hours: 40.00 **Job Summary** Apple Pay Read more
Merchant Operations Manager: *Apple* Pay -...
# Merchant Operations Manager: Apple Pay Job Number: 43593822 Santa Clara Valley, Califo ia, United States Posted: Nov. 10, 2015 Weekly Hours: 40.00 **Job Summary** The Read more
Product Design Engineer - *Apple* Watch - A...
# Product Design Engineer - Apple Watch Job Number: 41727161 Santa Clara Valley, Califo ia, United States Posted: Jul. 22, 2015 Weekly Hours: 40.00 **Job Summary** Read more
All contents are Copyright 1984-2011 by Xplain Corporation. All rights reserved. Theme designed by Icreon.