Gobe Software, makers of the Productive office suite, are offering a significant discount on the next release of the suite to users of the BeOS version of productive. The new version is not 3.0, but rather a relaunch on Windows and Linux, and the license authorizes you to use the software anywhere in your family, on whatever platforms you like. Normally this would sell for 129.99, but BeOS users can get it for 39.99 if they preorder now. Read on for the official announcement. BTW - while we recieved this announcement and the opentracker announcement, we have copied these directly from BeForever, mainly for simplicity of access at this late date.
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.
Hey all… many of you have been wondering exactly what’s up with BeGroovy. One of you even sent leBuzz an email about it. This is just an explanation.
Basically, I have been really busy, and simply havent had the time to update the site. There hasn’t been MAJOR news for a while, so nothing pressing made me update. And the time I did have to work on web sites was spent coding the new BeUnited site, based on Helmar’s design. I will post news about that later on, but check it out. It’s all about how to save BeOS.
In any case, I am actually going to be quiet again for the rest of this week, since i am on the road for 3 days, and saturday is my birthday. Then next week I am going to take a train into New York to see the damage with my own eyes, and try to get a sense of the tragedy from something other than TV. But in the meantime, I will post some news tonight to keep people happy.
Oh yeah, the sidebars not working is a cron issue. I am working on it, but i havent nailed it yet, due to time constraints.
Also, time is becoming more of an issue as I look for work, and work on several other planned sites. If any of you think you can make a contribution to the site, such as posting news or such, get in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know how,why,etc… basically convince me to give you news script access. We need all the help we can get to keep the site lively during this somewhat news-less time. Thanks.
Hey there all.. Just a quick note to let you in on a few changes to the server. First of all, all the @begroovy.com email addresses should be working. As far as I can tell, bemail.org is also working, but I will continue following up on my end to make sure that it is, and stays that way. Anyway, to those of you emailing me only to be bounced, we are back in business. Also, I got bored and decided to remove the security from the as-yet unfinished search engine. As such, you can all beat the hell out of my horribly buggy code searching all our old stories and comments. It was going to be a much grander thing, but I simply don’t have time to finish it at the moment. Should i have time later, i will. In the meantime, head over to search.begroovy.com if you need to find something.
Mike Popovic of BeDope fame has struck again over at Segfault.org with his story BeOS Signs DNR, Requests “Death with Dignity”. The article discusses BeOS’s final wishes as she lay in her hospital bed, and raises the question of if she will be remembered as a great technology ahead of it’s time or as the butt of jokes, like amiga and os/2. What do you think? Should beos simply go to sleep quietly, or should we drag it kicking and screaming back to life? I plan on giving my best effort to keep it alive, but if I can’t make anything happen by a year from now, I am letting it die peacefully. How ’bout you?
BeNews is back up. Sorta. Their server has been down for 3 weeks, and it was determined that their perl interpreter was breaking under the load of their forums and commenting system. As such, they are both disabled until they can be fixed. Meanwhile, the begroovy servers, which were also down, still have no email capability. We are still trying to fix it, as we lost one of our partitions in the crash. In any case, I am sure both servers will sort out their problems and get back up to speed quickly. In the meantime, feel free to use our forums instead. We are glad to see BeNews back, and look forward to reading more about OS news. Oh wait… i mean BeOS News.
Now, I like Debian GNU/Linux. It is by far the best GNU/Linux I have tried. But it doesn’t even hold a candle to BeOS. And just so you all know, BeOS is “not quite dead yet.” Admittedly, it’s status is in limbo. But there is a group of us making a very serious effort to save it (much more than just petitions) - so sit tight. But if you want to play for a while, go right ahead and try debian. In fact, I reccommend it. It will be enlightening. Just don’t do it because you think BeOS is no longer an option.
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