A Wayback Machine journey with BeOS R4, Zeta 1.0, and Haiku

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As the staff of Ars Technica convenes in Chicago for some infrequent face-to-face time, we're turning the clock back to 1998. It was a time when Windows 95 ruled the desktop, preemptive multitasking on the Mac was still a gleam in Steve Jobs' eye, enthusiasts were furiously overclocking their Celeron 300a CPUs, and the attention of geeks was distracted by a unusually bright, shiny object: BeOS.

The history of BeOS is a long and sad one, and this is neither the time nor the place to recount it. Suffice it to say that Be Inc. breathed its last in November 2001 and the operating system once known as BeOS has lived something of a twilight existence ever since, in the form of Zeta's YellowTab and Haiku.

We begin our journey by looking at BeOS R4.