When visiting the Be web site, you've probably seen the above icon used
in different places. Perhaps you've even wondered where the icon came from,
that is, where in the BeOS you could find the object with that icon. The
answer is, you can't! This week's IconWorld story is an archeological
expedition into the BeOS' past.
A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away, the BeOS was just for
developers, and was only barely usable even for them. Many of the
applications that come with the BeOS today did not make their appearance
until fairly recently in the BeOS' lifespan. NetPositive is one of those
Before NetPositive, though, the BeOS had a browser named Orb. Orb
was...well..., um, NetPositive is a much better browser than Orb was. To be
fair, we didn't spend a lot of time writing Orb; we were really busy
writing the BeOS. Orb was just a way for people to read documentation, and
oh, yeah, it could browse some web sites, too.
On the other hand, Orb had a much cooler icon than NetPositive does now.
Waste not, want not; we're still using the Orb icon on the Be web site
today. It might be the last piece of Orb still in use at Be!
Additional note: The Orb icon live on outside of Be, too!
With permission from Be, BMorb uses the Orb, too. You can check
BMorb out in BeWare!