Maxime Simon (the GSoC student that worked on the WebKit port with Ryan Leavengood) has put up a blog entry that describes how to build the WebKit on Haiku. For those adventurous enough to try this, you can find Maxime’s post here. Remember, this solid WebKit port is the foundation that Haiku needs to build a native web browser.
Just in case you have not been following the Haiku website or other community news sites, here is a quick recap of what has been happening lately. Haiku now has native GCC 4.3.3 support. Haiku was recently seen at FOSDEM 2009, SCaLE 2009, and Chemnitzer Linux-Tage. The Haiku-OS website got an upgrade. Haiku’s wireless stack is getting work done on it. Finally, Haiku developers would like to see a native Haiku web browser and are looking for developers for the project.
Yes, you read that correctly! Scot Hacker’s excellent website of tips originally hosted on a BeOS machine and using the very cool journalized BeOS file system is back from the dead. Scot has taken the time to resurrect the site and hopes to keep it around for a while. We hope the site becomes as useful a tool for the Haiku community as it was for the BeOS community back in the day. Thank you very much for your time and hard work Scot!
It’s an impossible task to write about every blog update that goes on in BeOS-land, but there’s a lot of blogs out there with interesting updates. I hope to bring you an update on the latest happenings every couple of weeks or so.
I’ll check the blogs, so you don’t have to ™.
First up is Rudolf, who reports on his 3D development blog that he has just completed stage 1 on his quest for real hardware 3D acceleration under BeOS. Now the Z-buffer, texturing and simple rendering are carried out by the graphics hardware. Quake 2 in OpenGL mode can now run at over 40fps (depending on hardware and settings), compared to 2.8fps using MESA 3.2 without any acceleration. The next steps are to move the code over to the current version of MESA and to attempt to get DMA access to the card for 3D operations, which will bring a nice futher speedup (estimated between 2 and 5 times faster). For now the driver is limited to older GeForce and TNT cards, due to lack of specs on the recent models.
Next up is Bryan Varner, who has added some (hopefully truthful, now it’s not April 1st) teasing tidbits about his latest project. It looks like some sort of keyboard control for the mouse pointer, but he is keeping rather quiet on the details. Coming soon? I hope so, it certainly looks interesting anyway.
Niels Reedijk is working on the USB stack for Haiku. He successfully completed the first transfer using Haiku’s stack at the end of last month, but has recently posted about some troubles he has ran into. Problems are inevitable along the road to success and I’m certain Niels will figure out this latest problem.
Michael Lotz’s Blog details his experiements with Haiku. He has already demonstrated the Haiku app_server running his MiniTerminal application, and recently switched his attention to seeing how much networking was possible on Haiku. The latest post details how he got the links text browser working on Haiku. The same binary works on both BeOS BONE and Haiku and has been posted to BeBits.
Last but not least, tqh has been working on adding drag and drop support to the BeOS ports of Mozilla and Firefox. Drag and drop support is one of the few missing functionalities in our ports, so this is an important step for the project.
Most of the blogs have more details on these items, just follow the links. If there’s any interesting blogs I’m missing then post a comment and I’ll include it in my next round of updates.
After a long period of being down, HaikuNews is back online.
The site isn’t entirely functional yet, like the forums are still being worked on so expect some things to be broken as the site is put back together. Head on over here to get the full scoop and more details from Technix himself.
Welcome back HaikuNews!
Over at Qube.ru, a new Russian BeOS Wiki page is being made. There isn’t much info there yet since it just started, but there is some info regarding a BeOS distro called BeOS Russian Edition. You can find the download on the Wiki page. It will be a knowledge base available in Russian containing all sorts of questions and anwsers and documentation relating to BeOS. Like I mentioned in a previous post, it’s good to see more and more sites developing pages and making BeOS info and resources available in different languages. I hope this new BeOS WIki page works out well.
*Update*: Note that the “BeOS Russian Edition” is currently a test-only distro. (Thanks ivan for the tip)
The Belgium BeUserGroup has actually been up for some time now. The site was started by Jan-Rixt Van (Jixt) and Luc Schrijvers (Begasus). The site contains news, BeOS related tips, software downloads and many BeOS related links.
The site is really coming together and is looking good. It’s nice to see more and more BeOS/Zeta user group sites from different countries and in different languages on the net, it can help people who don’t speak english very well to obtain info or help on BeOS/Zeta related topics in their own language.
You can go to their WhoAreWe section to learn more about the site and their objectives. I attempted to translate this page with BabelFish, but the translation isn’t that great, I actually found the French translation better than the English version. Either way, for those who want it, you can find the english translation here.
Okay, not “Haiku News”, but haikunews.org. I know that it’s on the same server as leBuzz, which is also down (and haikumail, which wasn’t yet public). Thought maybe Chris, Dane, Kancept or someone else in the know might pop in the comments here and let the community know what’s going on, and the expected timeframe of restoral. Chris, Dane, Kancept? Anyone?
Just some bits n pieces from around:
BeDoper has uncovered the truth about the evil plans behind the OS we have all come to know and love. Check it out!
beunited.org also announced new additions to the developer portal, Clue and Javashare, donated by Jeff Braun and Bryan Varner respectively. I also have it on good word that restart_daemon, written by ex-Be employee Raymond Rodgers, will be added RSN.
For those of you interested in audio developments on BeOS, we have some great news. BeOS Journal and LeBuzz have already picked up on the fact that echogals and echo24 drivers are in development by Jerome Duval. beunited.org has a PCI interface for the Echo Layla 24, and will be testing as such, but they will also acquire a PCMCIA/Cardbus interface for testing and support. beunited.org member Deej is selling his BeBox in order to acquire the PCMCIA/Cardus interface.
Just want to throw out a couple of small bits…
John Fehr, the man behind WCDesign, Civ:CTP and many other cool games ported to BeOS, has been through some tough times. He is now selling off the last reminant of his ties to BeOS and his legacy there - the wcdesign.com domain name. It is up for auction here. It’s already up to $100USD, so evidently there is some demand for it. So you BeOS collector’s out there can now own a domain with a bit o’ history, if that interests you. Happy bidding - and it’s still for a good cause!
Next up… I’ll be changing my email address over the next couple of months. I am getting about a 5-1 ratio of spam to regular traffic on email@example.com now, and that includes mailing list traffic on the side of regular traffic - and I’m on a lot of mailing lists! I’ve used firstname.lastname@example.org for so long, I feel that I can’t just shut it off anymore… so, keep your eye out on my posts and/or replies for the new email address, as I’m not going to post it here (a lot of spam comes from posting to this site - it’s been around for going on 5 years now). Around Aug, email@example.com will start bouncing. Also, you can always get me at my personal email address, which is firstname.lastname@example.org (of course, changing that to reflect _my_ name).
BeEmulated has a posting and a link up about a new version of XMAME that’s out. It’s an older posting, but thought you all’d like to know about it. I know there’s nothing better than playing PacMan on BeOS, well, except maybe MsPacMan!
Also, in the “not-related-to-BeOS-at-all” news. The Star Wars Insider newsletter announced that the confirmed release date of Star Wars Galaxies will be April 15th of this year. Way Cool! Wish I’d have enough time to play it often, but alas, I most likely won’t.
And finally, the post about Nigeria money, it was a BeDope-esque post. It was a JOKE! Read the original posting in the “Read More” link. I thought it was in good humor, and had enough elements that it would never be able to be taken seriously, and then I included the “Read More” link that would help even more to that end. But I’ve gotten several email’s about it from people that were trying to warn beunited about it! Thank you so kindly for the concern to try to stop a bad thing from happening, but…
Hope that clears things up. Sit back, relax, and Enjoy! -Deej
Ok.. so this is to be a roundup of all the crazy happenings in the various BeOS Replacement projects floating around. Here goes. YellowTab has updated their page to a new, steadily growing system talking about Zeta, their new upcoming release. Zeta looks like BeOS R6 and includes some new stuff and lots of bundled apps. I will reserve judgement until I have a chance to properly review it.
Meanwhile, BeUnited is reporting that Leonardo OS is “regrouping”.. whatever that means. BeUnited also hosted a “historic meeting of the Open Standards group” recently. Whether the “Historic” portion is indicitive of some incredible forsight or simply ok due to a technicality remains to be seen.
BlueEyedOS has apparently finished the first skeleton of their app_server, as you can see here. They claim it is “in cvs” but as they are a non-open project, you will just have to take their word for it.
Last, but not least, OpenBeOS has been busy, releasing print server beta updates, registrar milestone 2, a few newsletters, a pretty far along media kit, and a bunch of updates on the app_server, including a screenshot of it rendering a font for the first time (publically presumably).
Phew. Not a bad round up for the past few weeks. Now to go dig through the rest of the incoming news folder, and see what else I can slam up here today.
Update: Forgot to mention this.. on the somewhat sketchy side, BeOS 5 PE MAX Edition has been released. Here is a blurb:
BeOS 5 PE Max Edition is a distribution made using the free version of BeOS 5 (called Personal Edition) with a number of drivers, add-ons, and software. It includes the new development tools from the OpenBeOS team Web site, but you will also be able to select the old tools. It only contains freeware and shareware demos. All the code it contains is legal under the MIT, GPL, or LGPL licenses.
And yes its Athlon XP patched.
Dunno about the legality of the whole thing personally, but check out http://www.vasper.net for more information.
Okay, so I’ve been lacking… here’s the stuff from the past week or so. I’ll try to keep things more up to date. Email me if you’d like to help me do so.
Dan Johnston has released pricing for the Be.com domain, full details are at BeBox Zone
Last, but definitely not least, OpenBeOS has been afire with updates to the site - go check it all out!
In probably the biggest news of the past week, OpenBeOS’s Network Team announced that they have not only achieved TCP traffic, but that it is binary compatible with BeOS R5 applications - and have posted a screenshot of Netpositive using the new OBOS network stack. SuperKudos to the Net team!
The close runner up to that is that TotallyBe has found out that Pixel32 development DOES, in fact, continue for BeOS! That took me by surprise! Nice…
BeForever caught an article from TechTV that claimed Gobe’s Productive the best alternative to MS’ Office, beating out StarOffice! Way to go Gobe! We knew this already, but it’s good to see it recognized outside the community!
And lastly, a friendly reminder to check BeEmulated once in a while if you are interested in all sorts of emulation on the BeOS platform… they have to be the most active news site in the community these days! Good to see all the activity, that’s for sure… I suppose I should try to keep BeGroovy half as active.
Well, this ended up a lot longer than I thunk it wood b… should maybe done separate posts, eh?!
Scottmc, BeGroovy regular and BeDrivers founder/maintainer, has been thinking about things. One of BeOS’s biggest shortcomings were drivers. OpenBeOS will be of no exception, as a matter of fact, it’ll be worse, at least in the beginning. In order to head this off, BeDrivers has set up a BeDriverTalk Yahoo!Group. To sign on, you need a Yahoo! member ID (no, not an email account, just a member ID).
So, if you have any experience driver writing, sign up and help anyone that wants to learn! If you want to learn, sign up and code us some new drivers!
Well, there’s been so much, but a couple of items I thought I’d touch on:
OpenBeOS is moving along at a great pace. Some major announcements about both BFS and the network implementation in just the past couple days, along with the announcement of another 18 team members! Way to go, keep up the good work, and kick some ass so we can get back to moving forward with our favorite platform!
And speaking of moving forward, a couple of new sites I thought I’d mention: BeDrivers is a new site on the scene looking to become a windrivers of the BeOS/OBOS scene. Also, from a couple Be-site veterans and other longstanding community members comes Twisted-Thread, picking up (a year later) right where BeDope left off. Great to see the online presence of our community beginning to grow again.
And right along the lines of new sites - BeBits showed some signs of life as well, with some backend upgrades, including a commenting system (a feature formerly hosted by BeNews) and news headlines provided by several sites now (gee, I wonder if that could have been because of our extended outage ). Funny thing is, these upgrades were so seemless, I didn’t even notice them until TotallyBe reported on them.
And on our outage and subsequent forum troubles… well those nasty little gremlins that are running amok in our server have Nutcase perplexed. He’s working on it, but due to his own personal time constraints, there are no promises as to when they’ll be fixed, only that they will be fixed.
Cheers all, and send in your news!
Okay, so I’ve been unable to post until now. I’ll post a few items up that I can remember off the top of my head… if you want to see BeGroovy active again, start sending me some news to post (to my address linked above).
Scott Hacker, author of the BeOS Bible fame, has recently written an article entitled MacOSX Week: Tales of a BeOS Refugee, for OS News during their Mac OSX week. It’s a very good, and long, read. The summary for myself personally is that I’ll be still waiting for something to happen on the BeOS front.
So during our downtime, it seems, that some people have had varied success with Athlon XP boards and BeOS. There is some kernel patching in the works, and if you have an Athlon XP board, please help test the patch. You can catch up on that issue here.
And one last quick note, people are reporting that they have recieved their copies of Gobe Productive 3.0 for Windows. I only hope my wife bothers to send my copy to me where I’m at now.
Just a weekend roundup of a few notible things…
The BeOS Journal is back online, now maintained by Chris Simmons (aka Technix) and Adam McNutt (aka Kancept). Note that the url is now either .org or .net, and no longer (not yet?) the .com url. You’ll also want to read the interview there with Nathan and BGA concerning the new Mail Daemon Replacement that they are working on. Sounds like it is going to do wonders for email on BeOS.
leBuzz has a couple of noteworthy items. First, BeOS Radio is celebrating it’s first birthday (yeah, it has been that long!). They’re going to have some contests, and want some audio greetings from everyone in the community. Second, Christopher Kemp has written an article, entitled “Anatomy of a Song”, on how to go about creating an entire song on BeOS. Some good info there, should you want to record a few things for BeOS Radio or your own uses.
BeForever, on a rather down note, reports that Maarten Hekkelman will not be continuing development of Pepper for BeOS. Pe was/is a cool programmer’s text editor (or so I’ve heard), and it’s a shame that we won’t see the re-vamped version of that.
And finally, there’s some interesting threads in our forums concerning the upcoming Shareholder’s vote to sell Be’s assets to Palm. There’s some argument over “Yes” or “No”, and one of the threads (here) is getting long. The other, shorter one, is here. So tell us what you think.
[UPDATE:]Kancept mentioned in the forums that he is also trying to bring in the now defunct newbe.org site under their wings as well, so you should see that one come back online in the coming weeks as well.
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