April 18, 2001

BeOS leader seems to dismiss possibility of going Open Source

Author: JT Smith

SiliconValley.com talks with BeOS leader Jean-Louis Gassee about his company's financial health and the possiblity of making Be an Open Source product. "Getting it ready for an open-source release would require some engineering work
on the company's part. For one thing, Be itself licensed some of the components of
the OS from other companies and would have to extract that code.

'Stipulate that we do all this hard work,' Gassee said. 'What would it do for my
shareholders? I don't know. If I felt it was a way to make my shareholders happy I
would do it in a heartbeat.' "


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