The Be Box and BeOS were a grand experiment by Jean-Louis Gasse (formerly of Apple) and his team to create the "next Mac" or a computer with a real multitasking high performance OS on the PowerPC (and later Intel) architectures. Sadly, Be was not to be and quietly was liquidated in 2002. Briefly you could download the BeOS for Intel. The interface was really nifty and implemented by Benoit Shilling.
One of the coolest features of the original Be Box was its great bezel which had dual "light pipes" which were LEDs built into the case that represented the dual CPUs running (and which was being used more). Truly one of the great case designs. Here Mark Brinkerhoff describes the design of the bezel he completed for Be in the early-mid 1990s.
We would like to thank Chris Dunphy for the donation of one of our two Be Boxen (the pre-production developer release unit with gray bezel and no logo). The other (production) Be Box was donated by Matt Hamrick.
The DigiBarn has two Be Boxes, check them out!
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