I noticed a post on the OpenBeOS [now Haiku] mailing list where there might be some interest in @somethingHaiku email addresses.
I have looked into this before, and would be willing to set something up again, if there’s enough interest. I’ve previously done the math, and it’s not hard/expensive for small account sizes. The accounts won’t be big like yahoo or google, but I can give a minimum of 1mb accounts (POP), and email forwarding services at a very cheap price.
I would need a minimum of 20 people to pay for email (Webmail/POP) accounts (very reasonable yearly fees), or a whole lot of people interested in forwarding addresses at a lower yearly fee, to break even on server costs. Given enough interest, this could allow for any extra money to be donated to the Haiku organization.
If anyone is interested in this, email me (use a descriptive subject so it doesn’t get tossed with spam - put “I want email” in the subject or something). If I hit the 20 person mark (19, actually, I obviously would get one), then I will set up the mail server account and get a domain name.
Ok.. so it looks like our pals over at the general coffee company film productions who create the macromedia flash plugin for beos seem to be having trouble getting it updated. The problem seems to be that Macromedia won’t help them get it updated to support Flash 5 and later. Apparently they use Macromedia licensed code, and cant get updated player code to work with. In anycase, it would probably be a good idea to let macromedia know if you want it updated, etc. If anyone figures out the best way to do that, let me know and I will tack it on the end of this story. Just a thought.
Update: A reader wrote in with this link to request features in macromedia flash. Could be good. There is also a link to a petition being started in the comments below.
So, it must be said - get over it - BeOS is dead. Palm didn’t buy Be, they bought Be’s IP. Even if Palm decides to do something with BeOS, it won’t likely be called BeOS.
The King is Dead. A number of people and groups have stepped forward with actions to back words… Michael Wulff Nielsen wrote up an editorial on his opinions on what to do. It’s in the “Read More” link at the bottom. Along those same lines, Michael Phipps has started a mailing list at the prompting of many on the BeDevTalk mailing lists. They are looking to replace components of BeOS with open source modules one at a time, or a complete work from scratch - which is still a bit unclear to me as yet. If you would like to join, you may do so by sending email to email@example.com with ’subscribe’ in the Subject field.
There are also three petitions now set up to help convince Palm that BeOS is worth continuing - Here, here, and here. The first being especially important, as Palm is actually waiting on the information retrieved in that one. Go sign them.
There are numerous people talking with Palm now about possible solutions to keeping our beloved OS alive and well. Palm is very open and receptive, it would seem, to these ideas. Keep your fingers crossed, and stay active in the community.
Long Live the King!
Not so much a petition in kind, but still - gets the petition category.
Helmar has set up a survey to research the market of BeOS. From Helmar:
It was done with the aim of finding out about the “material” [resources] available to someone interested in licensing BeOS from Be, Inc. and relaunching it outside Be, Inc.
I’d appreciate you taking some time to fill it in. It is merely for my own purposes, but it may also be vital for those taking on the task of licensing the BeOS from Be, Inc. in order to relaunch it.
I am particularly interested in his ideas, as I have been saying the same ideas for a while now, and would like to see at least an attempt at doing this.
So Sony, after stating that a game console does not need an OS, has responded to a petition to put Linux on the PS/2. Over on Slashdot, there’s a story about how a petition signed by 6000 people got Sony to begin work on a Linux for it’s Playstation 2 game console. The Beta will be available for $200 to 1000 people (it includes some hardware to make the PS/2 more “PC-like”).
What does this mean to us? Well, I hope it means that either (a) Sony is interested in purchasing Be to possibly put BeOS on the PS/2 as well, or (b) we could petition Sony (and, I guess, Be, as Sony couldn’t do it by themselves) to try the same.
Don’t know. But it _could_ spell good things to come (trying not to start nasty rumors here, so take it at face value).
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