BeOS was the brainchild of former Apple executive, Jean Louis GassÃ©e, who founded Be inc. in late 1990. BeOS was originally intended to be a continuation of the Jaguar (an early RISC prototype) at Apple. It was to run on the BeBox, a machine with four AT&T Hobbit processors. The Hobbit was discontinued, and left Be in shambles. The engineers scrambled to create a new platform for the OS to run on, and eventually they found the PowerPC.