First she interviewed Michael Phipps of OpenBeOS, now Eugenia has posted an interview with Guillaume Maillard, member of the BlueOS Team. Head over to OSNews to get the scoop on this attempt to recreate BeOS in the opensource community.
While many think that the BeOS community is fragmenting with all these different efforts, this article is just another sign that we are all working together towards the same goals - we are all on the same mailing lists sharing ideas, and even swapping code amongst the projects. BlueOS, OpenBeOS and BeUnited’s initiative are all just different paths to get to the same goal… saving BeOS.
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.
Wired has a new article up about an old topic to Be’ers - Finalscratch. No mention is made as to which OS it runs on, but I personally have some serious doubts that it’s BeOS anymore. Someone please prove me wrong.
[Update: by nutcase] Hey there.. looks like someone proved Deej wrong. Mark-Jan Bastian, the lead Finalscratch developer, emailed us the following:
As the main developer of FinalScratch, I can confirm that the ProFS version that is used by Richie Hawtin and John Acquaviva are running under BeOS R5 on a laptop. The ProFS ‘turnkey’ systems, available in limited quantities by the end of this month, are also running under BeOS.
Sounds like confirmation to me.
Just a weekend roundup of a few notible things…
The BeOS Journal is back online, now maintained by Chris Simmons (aka Technix) and Adam McNutt (aka Kancept). Note that the url is now either .org or .net, and no longer (not yet?) the .com url. You’ll also want to read the interview there with Nathan and BGA concerning the new Mail Daemon Replacement that they are working on. Sounds like it is going to do wonders for email on BeOS.
leBuzz has a couple of noteworthy items. First, BeOS Radio is celebrating it’s first birthday (yeah, it has been that long!). They’re going to have some contests, and want some audio greetings from everyone in the community. Second, Christopher Kemp has written an article, entitled “Anatomy of a Song”, on how to go about creating an entire song on BeOS. Some good info there, should you want to record a few things for BeOS Radio or your own uses.
BeForever, on a rather down note, reports that Maarten Hekkelman will not be continuing development of Pepper for BeOS. Pe was/is a cool programmer’s text editor (or so I’ve heard), and it’s a shame that we won’t see the re-vamped version of that.
And finally, there’s some interesting threads in our forums concerning the upcoming Shareholder’s vote to sell Be’s assets to Palm. There’s some argument over “Yes” or “No”, and one of the threads (here) is getting long. The other, shorter one, is here. So tell us what you think.
[UPDATE:]Kancept mentioned in the forums that he is also trying to bring in the now defunct newbe.org site under their wings as well, so you should see that one come back online in the coming weeks as well.
Ok.. here are some of the recent smaller stories all rolled up into one big one. We’ve got news on the new PalmOS company, various website disappearances, non-ports, and continuing projects. Oh, and a magazine and some forum news. Read on…
[Update]: Just had someone point out that OpenBeOS is not dead. The obedn site is still dead, but the group has moved to a new site that I was unaware of. After some searching (as no one gave me a url), I located it at http://open-beos.sourceforge.net/. Pretty obvious I suppose.. But in any case, its good to see that things are progressing nicely.
Be has announced a special shareholder meeting on November 12th to vote on the sale of Be’s complete assets to the ECA Subsidiary Acquisition Company, a wholly owned Palm subsidiary, and then dissolving what remains of Be, Inc. In other words, this is the vote for how Be dies. Do they sell it all to palm where it may live on, or do they retain ownership, and go out of business, leaving their assets to be divided up and destroyed by creditors. My vote will go for Palm. The least I can do is let JLG pick the final resting place.
Beshare’s primary server, beshare.bentonrea.com, is now offline permenantly. This was mainly due to the maintainer of the server, Ben, being tired of trying to prevent software piracy through his freely provided system. In the past, anti-piracy warning messages on the server have gotten more and more extreme, as certain people have leaked betas and pirated copies of applications through the system. Recently however, Ben says he simply hasn’t had the time to “baby-sit” the server and prevent abuses. This goes to show, if you have something good, don’t abuse it. It can easily be taken away.
The rumor is that someone shared the BeOS source code, which resulted in immediate termination of the server. I do not have confirmation of this, but it would definately be grounds for the server’s closure. Many have wished for the code in the past, and if rumors are true, that wish was granted. But the source is useless (as its illegal to use, and perhaps to even have), and the leak resulted in the loss of one of the best beos resources around. Like the subtitle says above, be careful what you wish for. You just might get it.
I personally have used BeShare an awful lot in the past, and quite enjoyed the application, and the server. Ben is a great guy, who put a lot of time into providing a great free resource. It’s a shame to see it go because people could not respect that contribution. I want to thank Ben for the time the server was online, and for his efforts to make it great. It was fun while it lasted. Meanwhile, BeShare itself is by no means useless. There are several other servers listed in the release which are still functioning. So try using one of them in the future.. and from now on, maybe a bit more respect and consideration can be given to the maintainers wishes.
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Hey all… I know there hasn’t been much news here recently, but thats mainly because there hasnt been much news recently. This article can’t really be said to solve that problem. Basically, in my quest to get my life together after graduating college, I am working on getting rid of a LOT of stuff I don’t need. A part of that is moving to a laptop computer. To do that, I need to sell my current pc. So, thats what this is. an ad for a custom built, 100% BeOS compatible, really fast computer. It also runs windows and linux quite well. Read More for all the system details. (P.S. I know the commenting is screwed up. We are working on it. Its due to a server software upgrade gone awry. For now you can discuss this article here)
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