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BeOS 4.5, the next major release of the self-styled MediaOS, could ship as early as Monday 21 June. Alternative OS-based hardware supplier SupremeGS is this week giving away free copies of the current BeOS release, version 4.0. The giveaway ends Friday, suggesting this is an exercise in clearing the shelves in preparation for the release of version 4.5. If that's the case, BeOS 4.5 could be officially released on Monday. Anyone who wins a copy of 4.5 will receive a free update to 4.5, the company said. In addition, the company said it had already received a test release of 4.5 and had begun evaluating the OS on its hardware. Meanwhile, Be itself has begun redesigning its Web site in preparation for the official roll-out of 4.5. Version 4.5 is believed to offer much wider hardware support than previous releases, particularly for Wintel machines and peripherals. The new release also marks Be's first attempt to interest consumers and more mainstream PC users in BeOS, in addition to its core base of users in the content-creation market. ® See also Be IPO based on set-top box role for BeOS

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