<!-- Deleted image removed: -->BeOS R5
is the final version of BeOS
from Be Inc.
. It was released in March 2000, and came in two varieties: Professional and Personal.
R5 was the 4th major release of BeOS for a public audience, and the 6th since it left developer-only stages. It changed only slightly from the previous release, BeOS R4.5, and was even seeded to developers as "R4.6". Improved POSIX
compliance, particularly in the area of networking
, was provided. The OS in general was moved towards the new modular media kit over the former audio-only sound subsystem. For end-users, new logos and some new icons were the only major differences.
R5 was the first release of BeOS for x86 to have a freely downloadable version which could be fully installed on a user's hard drive; previous versions had a free Live CD
download, which could not be installed. R5 was also to be the last version to support the PowerPC
architecture which BeOS had originated on, including the company's own BeBox
hardware. According to Be's marketing, it was the first OS to ship with legal MP3
encoding and decoding support.
Personal Edition, a 48MB download, was the most commonly used version of R5. Stripped of developer tools (though these were later made available as a separate download), mp3
encoders, and RealPlayer
. It was installed into a 500MB "hardfile" through Windows or Linux, and could be booted either directly from Windows 9x