November 25, 1996 1:00 PM ET
Power Computing to offer Be operating system
By Lisa DiCarlo

  Macintosh clone vendor Power Computing Corp. will announce tomorrow that it will offer Be Inc.'s BeOS across its entire line of desktop systems beginning in the first quarter.

Power Computing, of Austin, Texas, which will continue to ship systems preloaded with Apple Computer Inc.'s Macintosh OS, will deliver the BeOS free of charge on a CD, officials said.

``It's another tool for multimedia developers,'' said a Power Computing official about the multithreaded BeOS.

Power Computing again has the distinction of being first to market with Mac technology, beating Apple by several months. Earlier this year, it was first to ship systems with the latest PowerPC processors from Motorola Inc.

Rumors have been swirling for months that Apple, of Cupertino, Calif., is negotiating to buy the BeOS from Be. However, officials from both companies have denied the reports.

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