Be, Inc today announced that they would be eliminating 28 positions, which account for 33% of their workforce. Positions cut include the entire sales & marketing departments, as well as some administration and engineering positions. The remaining employees are “primarily engaged in product development.”
In fairness, this could be a bid to raise the value of the company by any means neccessary so the selling price is higher. Or, it could just be desperation. What do you think?
What if you could run BeOS on a G4 - or even better, a dual G4? Well, according to this company, one day, you might be able to. Zenja saw the link on Slashdot, and caught the reference to BeOS. Reading through the description for their proposed desktop system, the Apocolyps, you’ll see the following:
The system will be available with a choice of processors including the Motorola G4/7410 and G4/7450. Operating system choices will include AmigaOS, AmigaDE, BeOS, LINUX, QNX and others. MacOS compatibility is currently being investigated.
Yes, that’s BeOS you see in there. And they mention dual G4’s in the works.
Now we’ve heard of other CHRP PPC platforms in the past that never fanned out, so I’ll believe it when I can order it. And we don’t know if they’ve actually tested BeOS on their systems or are going by the fact that BeOS runs on PPC, but haven’t realized that it’s just not the same thing.
But what may make the difference this time is the fact that the CTO for this company is non other than Dave Haynie, a senior engineer involved with Amiga 2000, 3000 and 4000. This company has won the rights to manufactur the AmigaOne (the next generation Amiga). So, they obviously have some weight here, and want to see another “dead” OS live - the Amiga - so we can only hope. I’ve sent off an email to them to try to get some answers and other info - I’ll post that when I know.
BeOS runs on the PPC. The problem here, today, would simply be that PPC editions haven’t been kept up to date. At least for desktop BeOS; I don’t know the status of BeIA on PPC, if there’s any support or not. In general, an embedded/IA OS that only runs on x86 is a foolish plan, since most such devices won’t use x86. But hey, no one said Be, despite their technology (which is good), has yet made one right step…
So there you have it, from Dave Haynie himself.
Okay, this is getting longer by the day… any more news on this will be in a separate news item, I promise. Here is the reply to my inquiry from Merlancia Industres:
We are working on making sure thta BeOS will run with no problems. Currently our firmware is not finished. We have Linux and MorphOS running currently. With BeOS we expect several driver related issues to arise.
Be announced its Q2 earnings today. The revenue returns of $715,000 are better than last quarter and the same time last year, but still are not very high. That said, Be took another restructuring charge of $143,000 this quarter, and completed the changes. Perhaps now that the restructuring is done, revenues can grow. Of course, we may never know. Be is for sale. Cheap.
So it looks as though time is passing, and other OSes are beginning to catch up with our beloved OS in areas that we were so many light years ahead of not so long ago…
Slashdot has a story up about DeMuDi, Debian Music Distribution, which “is the first distribution of GNU/Linux whose sole purpose is to create a stable OS for Multimedia.” With the use of specific hardware, combined with realtime kernel patches, Linux “can achieve hardware level latencies”. The distro includes multitrack hard disk recording software, physical modelling and virtual analog synthesizers, beatboxes, midi sequencers, and other audio related applications.
With such an organized effort to bring Linux in the “BeOS arena” of low latency multimedia, BeOS is endangered with pro audio (if BeOS ever could have held such a title). Too Little, too late? I think not - yet. But we do need to get things organized, here and now.
Just a quick note to let everyone know that some sites that are currently down are not out. Maverick has stated that he’s having server problems for BeOS Central, and is working on it. And a couple of my domains, now maintained by others, are not gone as they seem. i-BUG.org has expired, as my contact info was old, and I didn’t get the notices. The payment has been submitted. And the Neo-Programmer’s Collective (neo-programmers.com) is moving servers, and we are having a few - um - hiccups. They’ll be back.
Just to catch up on some news before another week begins… BeNews noticed that Gobe has posted a screenshot of Productive 3.0 running under windows. Tom Hoke later posted his own screenshot of Productive 3.0 running under BeOS, apparently on PowerPC. Tom previously stated in our forums that Productive for Windows is based on a recreation of the BeOS API’s. We have to wonder how hard it would be for Gobe to allow most, if not all, BeOS apps to build on windows, if Productive already does using Be api’s. In either case, Tom sat down with us for an interview about 3.0 last november. You can read it to find out about what will be happening in 3.0.
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.
Just a quick note: There’s only just over a day to get in on the Second Last Chance deal here, but there’s less than that if you want to get an authentic BeBox (see pic link in news below). Do a search for “bebox” on eBay, from the computers section, and you’ll find 2 BeBoxes listed there, one ending in less than a day, and still for less than $500 USD (well, one is $500). So, if you’ve wanted a BeBox, now’s a good time… I only wish I had a job, or one of those would be mine.
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!
Stuff You Gotta Have - A Press Release from, well, Stuff You Gotta Have. It’s a press release for the application Book Mobile. You can read the press release by clicking the “Read More” link.
Stuff You Wish You Had - Ryan (NorseLord) Christiansen has put up a bunch of pictures of the original BeBox. Go Check It Out and drool.
Stuff You’ll Never Have - Karm wanted us to remind everyone about something that appeared originally on BeNews - Karm wanted everyone to sign the petition to open source BeOS. We all know Be’s feelings on this, but Karm believes that Be shouldn’t close their doors with BeOS still inside. Yeah, I know… no flames. Stuff you’ll never have.
Okay, so eBay evidently spotted “CDR” in the auction and thought I was distributing pirated CDR’s of the Last Chance package, and not the original Last Chance CD distributed by WCD, which happens to be a CDR. They cancelled the auction.
Here’s the new auction for your bidding pleasure. Sorry for the inconvenience.
Gobe’s Tom Hoke recently posted to the BeGroovy forums that they are seeking input from Productive users on User Interface issues. If you have strong feelings about how the user interface feels, how it should feel, or what shouldn’t change, better speak up. They’d like to hear comments not only about Gobe’s UI, but other office suites that you have strong feelings about the interface. NOTE: They aren’t looking for requested features - only User Interface (UI) comments. You can speak your feelings on our forums here.
Matthias has been out looking for eVilla news, and he found a bit… here’s the links:
This one from Pioneer Planet, which is pretty positive.
Here’s one from the Star Tribune, which is short - and negative.
And this one from PC World, which points out how the eVilla is supposed to be a replacement for a second PC, but that people with one PC would already have an existing ISP.
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