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BeOS 5.0.4 Unofficial

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Posted by:Deej on Friday, 22 Mar, 2002 @ 3:40 AM

A few days old, and posted everywhere else before me (but hey, I was on vacation! :P ). BeOS Online (this link is for the english version) has put together a version of BeOS PE R5.0.3 with a few extras and goodies for all to download.

NaN NiB (Not in Business)

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Posted by:Deej on Friday, 15 Mar, 2002 @ 1:23 AM

Well, as if to point out the importance of getting Nurbana continued on BeOS/OBOS, NaN (Not a Number), makers of Blender, is no longer in business. From /.: “The shareholders and directors of NaN Holding BV, owners of Blender, have decided to terminate all activities of NaN Technologies BV and apply for its bankruptcy at the Amsterdam court. It means that effective today, all technology development and website activities around Blender will be frozen.”

All’s that I can say about this is show support for Nurbana… the list grows rapidly. :)

Nurbana update

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Posted by:Deej on Thursday, 14 Mar, 2002 @ 12:24 AM

Since people are starting to notice that BG is alive again, I’d like to direct your attention to the Nurbana post that is quickly falling off the bottom of the news page.

We have nearly the 25 names that we need to get the developer to continue supporting Nurbana on BeOS/OBOS. But we should have way more than that to really show genuine interest. Email me to be put on the list. I’ll compile the list of names and forward it to the Nurbana developers.

ReOS now supports OBOS patch

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Posted by:Deej on Thursday, 07 Mar, 2002 @ 2:36 AM

If you haven’t heard of ReOS yet, you should check it out. It’s in the veins of Software Valet and helps manage the install of replacement components for BeOS (ie, OBOS components).

Now 5Sight has recently added the recently released OpenBeOS patch as a package to the ReOS package manager’s
distribution collection. What does this all mean? Essentially, this means that the OpenBeOS patch is now available to users
for installation in a new manner. See the 5Sight ReOS page or its page on BeBits for more information about what ReOS is and how its package manager works. Also keep in mind that this is “ALPHA” grade software, and is a work in progress. ;)

BlueOS making progress

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Posted by:Ryan on Friday, 01 Mar, 2002 @ 2:47 PM

Slashdot and BeNews are both reporting on the latest screenshots by the team at BlueOS. They have been working hard on replicating the beos servers / api on top of the Linux kernel. While many complain that this isn’t a good idea, I think of it as nearly the same thing as openbeos, in that its a replication of the kits / api’s on top of a foreign kernel. The only advantage to OpenBeOS is that they will really be an independant os, while BlueOS will sorta be a linux window server. Still… if they can be successful with this, more power to em. Keep up the good work guys.

OBOS baby steps

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Posted by:Deej on Thursday, 31 Jan, 2002 @ 12:28 AM

The team working on the file system for OBOS reported that they have a working _read-only_ BFS already. Granted, and they admit, that was the easy part… but they are moving along - step by little step. But congrats are in order… keep the hope people! :)

OpenBeOS Newsletter #8 Online

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Posted by:Deej on Wednesday, 02 Jan, 2002 @ 12:04 AM

The guys and gals working on OpenBeOS are trudging along, gaining momentum, and still managing to deliver their regular newsletter. This one is longer than normal, and has a decent amount of code in it, very reminicent of old Be Newsletters. Just makes the nipples hard again (see below post :P ).

OpenBeOS definitely has potential, and needs the support of everyone left in our community. Get over there and do whatever you can to help it succeed!

OpenSSL 0.96c is out, and available on BeOS

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Posted by:Deej on Saturday, 22 Dec, 2001 @ 9:27 PM

The new version of OpenSSL (0.96c) is out, and Peter Moore (aka mooooooooo among many Be’ers) has taken the time to compile it for BeOS. You can grab it from BeBits.

Peter has also ported a great deal of other noteworthy network security apps for BeOS, including (all links to BeBits pages): Snort, SnortMonitor, tcpdump, nmap. You can find info on many more of Pete’s projects (including non-network security ones) on his loved site or on his ever growing list on his BeBits Dev Page.

BONE Warning - Many of Peter’s apps require BONE.

OpenBeOS Interview

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Posted by:Ryan on Tuesday, 23 Oct, 2001 @ 9:23 PM

Just a quick note to point out that OSNews is running an interview with Michael Phipps, a key player in the OpenBeOS project. Its pretty interesting, and paints a pretty positive picture of OpenBeOS. I sure hope they succeed.. the determination they paint in the interview means they could challenge established players such as linux much quicker than most expect. That said, it remains to be seen if it will play out that way. I hope it will, and wish them luck.

[UPDATE] Just wanted to add a quick note that Slashdot picked up on the interview at OSNews. –Deej

OpenTracker finds a new home

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Posted by:Ryan on Tuesday, 25 Sep, 2001 @ 11:34 PM

Be recently announced that their OpenTracker server was going down permenantly, and suggested that someone move it to SourceForge. Well, Axel Dörfler answered that challenge, and moved it to opentracker.sourceforge.net. Source control is now cvs instead of perforce, but it’s there, and the server is stable. It may be a while until we see any new official beos releases, even under a different name/group. But in the meantime, developing on opentracker is a great way to move the OS along. You can discuss any ideas or plans in our OpenTracker forums. Read on for the announcement Axel sent to everyone.

Software Updates: Postmaster to be Open Sourced - Mozilla Updated

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Posted by:Ryan on Saturday, 07 Jul, 2001 @ 7:49 PM

Kenny Carruthers, author of the popular email client Postmaster, has announced that Postmaster 1.x will be open sourced, and 2.0 is officially on hold. He also announced that he is considering a Mac OS X native version of Postmaster as a future project. This is unfortunate, as Postmaster 2.0 was set to be impressive, and may never see the light of day now. However, Kenny is doing us all a big favor by releasing it to the community in source form, so we can keep it updated on our own. I would love to see an enterprising developer pick this project up and run with it.

In other open source news, Mozilla for BeOS has been released as version 0.9.2. This shows that the bezilla team has been working hard, and it is paying off. Go offer them your support. Good job guys! :)

Ulitma Online for BeOS. Only not.

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Posted by:Ryan on Monday, 16 Apr, 2001 @ 2:57 PM

Linux peeps have been working on a SDL version of the Ultima Online engine.
Someone recently pointed out to me that if you have the SDL Development Files, Net Files, Mixer Files, Image Files, and the data from Ultima Online, then you can build from their cvs and make it work under BeOS. So if you are feeling a bit more adventurous than just compiling vision, you may want to have a go at this one. Oh yeah, I have been told it’s much more stable in a window than fullscreen. Good Luck. :) Update: Apparently the SDL net build is broken, and you need perl to copy data files. Like i said, not for the weak of heart. We are working on a binary build of the current snapshot. It will be posted here when complete. Update2: Ok.. grab it here, unzip to /boot/home, and use perl to extract the data files for it. Note: This is a completely untested build (we dont have the data files), so again, good luck.

Vision IRC client becoming quite nice

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Posted by:Ryan on Monday, 16 Apr, 2001 @ 1:44 PM

So the Vision IRC client that was started a few weeks ago is beginning to shape up nicely. They have a how-to on their site which will instruct you in how to download and build the current version. Their site oozes quality (except for the empty pages), and it looks like this is an app to watch.

What would happen to Linux if BeOS were GPL’ed

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Posted by:Ryan on Saturday, 16 Dec, 2000 @ 12:18 AM

Slashdot has an interesting story asking Slashdot readers what would happen to Linux if BeOS we’re GPL’ed. While BeOS will almost certainly never be opensourced due to licensed code and the fact that it shares a lot of code with BeIA, it is an interesting discussion. Be warned though.. the article is about the effect on linux, and not on the software world as a whole. And Slashdot readers tend to be pretty closed minded about anything being better than Linux. (not that BeOS users are consistently rational) My advice is to take the high road. Read along and correct false information, while avoiding getting trapped in a religious war.

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