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Free BeOS 5 is yours--if you can get through

Be releases its new media OS for free download - but don't expect to get your copy without a fight

The eagerly awaited latest version of Be's desktop operating system was made available for free download Tuesday.

But throughout the day, strong demand for BeOS 5 Personal Edition made it almost impossible to gain access to any of the company's FTP or mirror download sites.

Since the company announced in January that it would be releasing a free version of the OS, with new audio and video manipulating capabilities, 100,000 people have pre-registered at the BeOS Web site.

Users who eventually manage to get through to the download site will be able to launch the operating system simply by clicking on a desktop icon. BeOS is stored as a file within Windows, and no hard drive partitioning is necessary.

Be will also launch a full-featured edition of the OS, BeOS 5 Pro Edition, with additional applications. It will be available through third-party vendors.

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