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Is the BeOS UNIX-based (or Mach-based), or is it a new design?

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BeOS, Features, Unix, design, kernel, Mach, Linux
The BeOS is not Unix- or Mach-based (we're a little sensitive about being compared with 1970s technology). It is a completely new operating system, written from the ground up.

While it's a new design, it does owe much to UNIX/Mach in some of the design decisions we made. If you're interested in some of the deeper details, check out the XINU (that's "Unix" spelled backwards, which cries out for a joke here...) book listed in The Be Bookstore:


The designers of the BeOS were deeply inspired by the design of the XINU operating system.

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