The magazine articles about BeOS mostly end by saying that BeOS is a truly great OS but that the hardware support and applications are still missing. While I cannot fully deny this I cannot agree either. The hardware support list is always growing and Be is doing their best to provide the support for the biggest names out there. Sadly not a lot of hardware manufactures provide their own drivers for now, meaning Be has to write them on their own, but this is starting to change. If you have a more or less standard system you are likely to have BeOS running without a problem. And if you want to make sure just check the hardware compatibility listing. If your graphics card is VESA compliant you can run BeOS at 1600x1200 and 16bit, though not accelerated even if the card is not supported. Once your hardware is supported you will be able to install BeOS within 15 minutes including a running network, modem or anything else. You can keep windows or Linux on another partition of course and BeOS will be just fine confined to 500 MB of space.