Rare, early developer model BeBox needs a new home


#1

Cheers to everyone here keeping the flame burning!

Story time! I was working at metrowerks, the company tasked with creating software development tools for BeOS back in the 90s. When Be, Inc. folded (so sad!), I ended up with this super bare bones BeBox (no fancy lights, etc.) and have been holding on to it for way too many years. I thought I’d post to this group because it needs a new home and I can’t think of anywhere else with a concentration of people who’d even know what it is. I haven’t tested it or powered it on in many years (no monitor, keyboard) so I have no idea whether it is in working condition or not. Doubtless needs some TLC. Not looking to make a bunch of money off it, but it is a bit of a rarity, so I’m asking $400 plus shipping. I’ll throw in a bunch of random CDs. I have more pictures that I’m happy to share, but I’m a new user so I can only upload this one.

Won’t need to ship if you’re in Austin, TX!

Happy to answer any questions!

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#2

Texas? Hmm, @kallisti5 might be interested…


#3

Texas is really, really, big.


#4

I’m in Austin, TX! But… can’t justify spending $400 on such a thing. (it’s definitely worth it though!)


#5

Me too! If it had a full BeBox case I’d be tempted to snag it.


#6

If it had Blinkenlights I would have already purchased it :stuck_out_tongue:

It’s definitely an interesting piece. Likely dual AT&T hobbit processors? I already have an Apple Performa 6300 box kicking around that can technically run BeOS R5.

It’s definitely a big part of Be, Inc. history… I just have enough projects kicking around :wink:


#7

Waiit… @waddlesplash pointed out that likely isn’t hobbit… maybe PowerPC.

Could you send a picture of the mainboard?


#8

@barebonesbebox, just a quick question, though do you know what would’ve happened to the BeIDE code base? Or is any trace of its original code long gone? This may be a futile question to ask, though I thought I might as well ask out of curiosity.


#9

Agree with @kallisti5. Blinkenlights and I’d be interested in it as well! :smile: To be honest, with a bare skeleton as it is, $400 is a lot to ask for it.


#10

Actually more pics of it all would be awesome. Can someone bump his stats to upload more pics? Or can he make one pic per comment?


#11

Would be great to get ahold of the BeIDE code though I guess there would be some legal issues with that.


#12

The code base for the BeIDE was (and is) the I.P. of metrowerks. And, as such, died with the company. Sad that things work that way – but that’s just the way it is! The flip side of that is: metrowerks didn’t run that project for a super long time, and only had one or two developers on it.


#13

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#14

I assumed so, but the fact that it had only two developers, only existed for a little time, and resulted in a decent ide, now that is something special!


#15

I chalk that up to the elegance of BeOS as an environment.


#16

So… no BeIDE source code laying around on that HD?


#17

Nope. Absolutely not. :wink:


#18

Hello. If anyone from the community living in the USA is interested in preserve it, I can donate U$D 40 to help to buy it.


#19

More pictures here:


#20

I’ll grant you that it isn’t much to look at! It is indeed a PPC machine – which predates the blinkenlights. Deciding on a price for something like this is incredibly subjective. If anyone wants to make me an offer, feel free to send me a private message. Like I said in the initial post: it needs a new home.