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NetPositive 2.2 under BeOS R5 showing Wikipedia (no CSS support)
NetPositive 2.2 under BeOS R5 showing Wikipedia (no CSS support)
Developer(s) Be Inc.
Stable release
2.2.2 / November 1, 2001 (2001-11-01)
Operating system BeOS
Type Web browser
License Proprietary

NetPositive (often called Net+) was the default web browser for the Be Operating System (BeOS). It had partial support for JavaScript, but no CSS support.[1] It was originally developed as a stop-gap measure because no browsers had been ported to BeOS.[2]

Error messages in Haiku

The browser's haiku error messages were noted among BeOS users, which led to the name of Haiku, an open-source BeOS clone. A late 1990s email joke which claimed that Microsoft was moving to Haiku error messages in Japanese versions of Windows was almost entirely made up of NetPositive error messages. For instance, a user might see the following error message if they try to access a website that is unavailable:

Cables have been cut
Southwest of Northeast somewhere
We are not amused.

If the user tried unsuccessfully to authenticate against a website, they might see:

Server's poor response
Not quick enough for browser.
Timed out, plum blossom.


  1. ^ "BeOS". The Stoa Consortium. Retrieved 2015-09-10.
  2. ^ "Browsin' on BeOS". Ars Technica. Retrieved 2015-09-10.

External links

  • NetPositive 2.2 PNG screenshots
  • Themis home page
  • List of NetPositive haiku error messages
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