The 12 Best Gadgets You Didn’t Buy
BeBox and BeOS
On Earth 2, the sheer brilliance and beauty of BeOS caused both the OS and its BeBox PCs to displace both Windows and Mac OS years ago. In the 1990s, this BeOS's multithreading ability was so good that I could copy files off of my floppy disk without slowing the system. However, the best feature of this alternative OS was its clean and attractive GUI, complete with space-efficient title bars.
In the mid-1990s, Be Inc. chairman Jean-Louis Gasse tried to sell his OS to Apple, but the two companies couldn't agree on a price. As a result, the Cupertino company bought Steve Jobs' NeXT and used NeXTSTEP rather than BeOS as the basis for Mac OS X. If only consumers had thought differently and bought more than 1,800 BeBoxes in total, this superior platform would have survived on its own.