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Mathematica on BeOS
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. (www.be.com), 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 wolfram.com) 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.