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PostMagic Media Suite for BeOS

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Posted by:Ryan on Monday, 18 Nov, 2002 @ 8:58 AM

So I recieved an interesting email from Nathan Callender, the leader of the Post Magic project. The Post Magic Project is “an initiative to
create a small, fast - yet powerful and stable - media editor and
compositor for the BeOS”. Sounds pretty good to me. And it isn’t entirely vaporware either! Apparently work began in July, and a beta of the video player is now available at their site as well as at BeBits. Looks like an app with a /lot/ of potential, so do what you can to support Nathan in his quest to create a full media editing and compositing suite on BeOS.

BeServed updates to 1.2.0

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Posted by:Ryan on Wednesday, 23 Oct, 2002 @ 11:08 AM

Teldar has updated beserved, their network based, BeOS native filesystem. This is similar to windows smb/cifs or “everything else” nfs shares, only they are BeOS native and include query and attribute support, etc. In otherwords, it lets you share bfs volumes over networks natively. Not a bad deal. And a darn useful bit of tech to have around if you have a few servers around the house and want to access everything from whichever one you happen to be at. :)

Themis devel looks for help

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Posted by:Ryan on Tuesday, 01 Oct, 2002 @ 7:29 PM

Hey peeps. Just wanted to point out a very interesting project called Themis. This project aims to create a new, modern, effective, fast BeOS native browser. This could be very interesting for the various Save BeOS projects, and could lead to something along the lines of konqueror for OBOS or B.E.OS. etc.

To get to the point, the head of the project, Raymond C. Rogers, needs help. Lots of people have already contributed, but the project needs more ideas, and most importantly, more brains to help out with it. So, if you aren’t doing anything for the next year or two, and feel like pitching in, get in touch with him! Net+ is great, but dead and decaying. Help make Themis even better, and growing!

OpenBFS Beta 2 released

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Posted by:Ryan on Monday, 16 Sep, 2002 @ 9:34 AM

Just noticed that Open-BFS has been updated to Beta2. The new version includes a tool called bfsinfo to track down information that will help them debug. According to the README, It also includes debugging support built in. This means that it is a bit slower due to logging activities, and that it weighs in around 1.2mb compared to the original BFS’s 238kb. BUT.. when debugging is off, it hits around 130kb, which means that in the end it’s smaller, faster, and has more features than the original (i.e. search on non-indexed attributes). Not a bad deal all in all. So test it out, and send your feedback to the OpenBFS team!

OpenBeOS turns 1!

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Posted by:Ryan on Monday, 19 Aug, 2002 @ 9:48 AM

OpenBeOS turned 1 yesterday, and has published a special Newsletter to commemorate the occasion. Congratulations to all OpenBeOS team members. This is something to be very proud of.

Michael Phipps talks about having a release ready for Christmas. Now /that/ would be impressive, and a lot of fun. Good luck to them on that. I know I am anxious to see the time when it is no longer about getting OpenBeOS to be what R5 is now, and instead is about watching it grow and do new things that BeOS has never (and will never) do.

In any case, good work, and good luck to ya. ;)

Javashare 2 Code-a-thon results!

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Posted by:Ryan on Wednesday, 07 Aug, 2002 @ 10:59 AM

So Bryan finished his code-a-thon, and it resulted in a Javashare 2 alpha. He sent in a pretty detailed report on how things went. Read on for all the details, and the location of the alpha .jar. :)

Good work Bryan!

Ozone comes back swinging

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Posted by:Ryan on Sunday, 04 Aug, 2002 @ 8:57 PM

Got an interesting email yesterday. It’s in response to the Javashare code-a-thon (sorta) and is from the author of Ozone. (I love this kinda thing) - Here is a direct quote:

“Personally, I have a life and friends… so i’m not going to spend 96 hours
on an Ozone code-a-thon :P And you can quote me on that one ;)

Don’t worry VitViper, we will. And all we have to say is “Ouch! Low blow on that one.” - You gonna take that Bryan? ;)

Here are the updates on Ozone:

Anyway.. seems like there is some friendly competition going on.. which is always nice. Good times for the BeShare crowd. :)

JavaShare 2 makes a break for it

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Posted by:Ryan on Wednesday, 31 Jul, 2002 @ 10:52 PM

Looks like ozone, the multiplatform BeShare client, may have a contender. Or alternatively, may /be/ one. It seems that the creator of the original JavaShare, Bryan Varner, is prepping for a “Code-A-Thon” to take place this weekend. The Goal? A beta of JavaShare 2… with full filesharing support. However.. this isn’t pure generosity. By announcing now, he is gathering funds to use during the code-a-thon… on such neccessities as pizza, soda, chips, etc. Currently he has about $44 collected. $75 buys the full 3 day span… and oh yeah.. there is gonna be a webcam. so, if you have $30 and want to see what happens about 2.5 days into a 3 day non stop “code-a-thon” - you know what to do. And if you don’t know what to do, you are dumb. Dont worry about it.. just continue to bang your head against the wall.

The gauntlet has been thrown. Can ozone come back with a full 96 hour code-a-thon? Could this escalate to a triple digit code-a-thon war?!? Only time will tell. all I know is that non-beos users will soon have a plethora (look kids! big words!) of choices for invading your beshare turf. Be afraid. Be /very/ afraid. el Presidente is waiting. muwHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH.

Rapture in Venice Update

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Posted by:Ryan on Monday, 15 Jul, 2002 @ 10:26 AM

John Blanco of Rapture in Venice has written us with some updates involving his BeOS software. We figured we would pass it on.

Thanks for the updates John!

Ozone is liberated and thrives

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Posted by:Ryan on Friday, 12 Jul, 2002 @ 9:56 AM

VitViper wrote in to let us know that Ozone, the windows and linux BeShare client has been GPL’ed at sourceforge. This is good news, as it means it has a chance to thrive and can’t be sued or put down or something by evil money-grubbing idiots. (Wow. Why am I so political today? hmm)

Anyway, check out the self described “open source site for ozone” at http://ozone-o3.sourceforge.net/ and consider chipping in some time to make it even greater than it already is.

Refraction Beta Soon

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Posted by:Ryan on Friday, 28 Jun, 2002 @ 6:34 PM

Refraction beta 5 will be released on the 30th of this month. That be sunday people! Refraction is the new name for Inferno, Xentronix’s Image editing application. Mega cool.

In any case, we will be hosting a mirror when it is released, and we have a TON of information about new features and stuff, including new info about updated Wacom tablet drivers!

Read on for more…

New Release of Ozone, the multiplatform BeShare client

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Posted by:Ryan on Tuesday, 25 Jun, 2002 @ 8:58 AM

Beryliium wrote in with a blatant attempt to get advertising for his new beshare server at beryllium.ca, but we aren’t going to fall for it. No. We are not going to devote space to the fact that he wants more users, or is working hard to make it a great server. That would be us giving priority to the people who take the time to submit news to us, like Beryllium. And we arent going to play favorites like that. ;)

In any case, here is the news: Ozone 1.1.0 Build 49 was just released by VitViper, after a few months of inactivity. Ozone is a multi platform BeShare client. Which is good for us Sell Outs who use Linux and run Windows at work, yet still want to keep up to date on our favorite os, or just chat with old friends.

Guide to building and running the OpenBeOS Kernel version ;)

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Posted by:Ryan on Monday, 24 Jun, 2002 @ 4:51 PM

Daniel Reinhold over at OpenBeOS has posted a Guide to building and booting OpenBeOS.

Daniel is apparently a large monster made out of nothing but hair and shoes, with an obsession for rabbits. This is, of course, according to Daniel’s statement at the top of his story. And is completely irrelevant.

The relevant part is that OpenBeOS is building and booting quickly, and that there is now talk of tying the openbfs vfs to the openbeos vfs to make one big vfs jamboree on cd which over writes your partition with a barely functioning kernel/openbfs.

Does doing this indicate that one is obsessed? No. Well.. yes actually. Unless you are an OpenBeOS dev. In which case this is an important foundation for adding things to later (such as a full shell and lots of kits)? Does this mean they are making good progress? You bet your ass.

When it comes down to it, I am excited to see it so quickly (not your ass, the openbeos kernel), and look forward to the day that it replaces BeOS entirely. /That/ will be a pretty good day. :)

New BeServed Release

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Posted by:Ryan on Wednesday, 19 Jun, 2002 @ 6:42 PM

Hey all. Long time no post. ;)

Anyway, cleaning out the old mail files. First up, there is a relatively new release of BeServed, the network file system for BeOS by teldar. Check it out at teldars press release.

More to come. :)

Cosmoe Revealed, Interview with Author

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Posted by:Deej on Tuesday, 14 May, 2002 @ 6:15 AM

Formerly only known as the Atheos fork (and often jokingly refered to as FrankensteinOS due to its combination of Linux, Atheos, BeOS, and MacOSX), Bill Hayden has revealed the website for Cosmoe - the Compatible Open-Source Multi Operating-system Environment.

Eugenia also managed an interview with Bill over on OS News.

BeOS Update Application Public Beta

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Posted by:Deej on Monday, 13 May, 2002 @ 8:08 AM

Zegenie has recently written in to me that his BeOSUpdate package will be online as a public beta today. The application makes it easy for developers to create updates for applications, and even easier for users to get these updates. I’m posting this now, as I won’t be around for the rest of the day, but you can keep checking at BeOSUpdate’s website for the public beta (and a new site design) throughout the day, if you are so inclined.

MeTOS - GUI Editor for Developers

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Posted by:Deej on Thursday, 09 May, 2002 @ 4:08 AM

Cedric Vincent has released his new GUI editor, MeTOS. It allows you to build a BeOS GUI app similar Visual Be++ and co. It’s in the early stages but looks very promising. MeTOS is available here. You’ll also need Don’t Worry from BeBits, because it is dependant on one of the libraries. (This news item also blatantly ripped from beos.loved.com - thanks moooooo! ;) )

OpenBeOS Seeks New Name

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Posted by:Deej on Monday, 06 May, 2002 @ 9:00 PM

As hinted a week ago in an accidental post by Michael to the OpenBeOS mailing list, new names for the OpenBeOS project are solicited from the user community. Go to the OpenBeOS website and click on the link/graphic on the upper right part of the page to submit your ideas. A poll will be conducted on the best submitted options to choose the winning name.

BlueEyed OS site update

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Posted by:Deej on Monday, 06 May, 2002 @ 7:19 AM

Blue Eyed OS updated it’s website yesterday. Updates on the status of the Application / Interface Kit, the Storage Kit, and the XML and Network Kits.

There is also an open invitation to the Blue Eyed OS forums - everyone that wants to know more and communicate with the Blue Eyed OS team should go there and ask away. ;)

AtheOS Fork puts BeOS API on Linux kernel - and its nearly ready.

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Posted by:Ryan on Tuesday, 26 Mar, 2002 @ 5:30 PM

Ok. so Bill Hayden may have just become the coolest person alive. He forked AtheOS 6 months ago, ported it to the linux kernel, and started porting BeOS apps. Anywhere that the AtheOS api differed from the Be API, he went the Be route. If a piece of Be software wont work, he changes the API, not the software. He is awaiting successful compilation of opentracker and opendeskbar before release. Anyone else think running tracker/deskbar on top of linux without x could be fun? Check his announcement here. OSNews has a story about it as well.

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