Strangely enough, that leads into why Be ported the OS to x86, and why Microsoft later strongarmed hardware manufacturers into keeping Be out of the bundled-OS marketplace: after the NeXT acquisition, Apple suddenly weren't interested in cooperating with Be as regards technical information necessary to port the PPC version of BeOS to the G3 architecture. Be went to x86 as a result, and... Despite (or, depending on how you look at it, because of) massively increased interest in and uptake of the OS as a result, they still got screwed.
TuneTracker is a pretty damn awesome piece of software. But if there's one thing in BeOS that I really, Really, REALLY miss, it's Replicants. Being able to basically shove data from any application to any other application completely seamlessly was so damn useful at times.
Just a correction: IBM and Motorola owned and still own the PPC Architecture. Apple was a customer to both Motorola and IBM for PPC hardware. I know for sure all the PPC hardware specs were available to Be. What was not available to Be was Apple's PPC firmware. I helped develop PPC hardware (for PC, servers, workstations and embedded) during the time and know all too well Apple's tactics.
Oh and I miss the querying functionality similar to a relational database with the BFS. It was just so cool you can go to the command line and access all your files and metra data .. and script it all. I really wish there was a modern filesystem with this as our modern solution is create a relational database.
Edited by thetick1, Thu Jan 4, 2018 3:39 AM.