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Mathematica on BeOS

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  • Subject: [mg8546] Mathematica on BeOS
  • From: aljawad at ('Net Surfer)
  • Date: Sat, 6 Sep 1997 23:16:13 -0400
  • Organization: Gulfnet Kuwait
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I hope this is an appropriate post in this NG, which I thought this might 
be of interest to users of Mathematica who are interested in getting the 
program running on new platforms, it might also be of interest to BeOS 
users. BeOS is a modern operating System developed by Be Inc. 
(, it currently runs on some Power Macintosh machines and soon 
it will be available for the Intel platform as well.

I recently inquired from Wolfram Research (suggestions at about 
the possible availability of Mathematica for the BeOS.

Here is part of the responce I got:

Wolfram Research is always interested in exciting new platforms that have 
proven to be commercially viable. The BeOS is still very much in its 
infancy. Thus, we do not currently have conclusive evidence of its
long-term marketability.

However, several of our developers are extremely excited about the 
platform. In addition, it would appear that a small but enthusiastic 
group of users is working hard to ensure the success of the BeOS.

This combination of circumstances has led to an informal collaboration
between Be and Wolfram Research in which the potential for a port of
Mathematica 3.0 to the BeOS is being explored. 

There is no way to be sure when, or even if, such efforts will ever lead 
to a releasable product.

Rest assured that it is input from users and potential users such as you
which drives the development of Mathematica. As such, we encourage you to 
continue to make your enthusiasm for Mathematica on the BeOS known to
Wolfram Research and Be.

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