Teldar sent out an email to registered BeServed users that BeServed, previously available as an evaluation version for free, is now available commercially. The evaluation copy will expire on January 31st, but you can get the commercial version at a low introductory price.
BeServed is one of those great apps that make working with other Operating Systems a whole lot more bearable. It is a must have on my list. Click on “Read More” for all the good info.
Palm evidently is now putting to use Be’s contact databases. They have sent out invites to many BeOS community members to attend the PalmSource Conference in San Jose, Feb 5-8. From the first paragraph:
As a member of the Be community, we would like to offer you a complimentary pass to PalmSource, the premier developer conference for mobile computing.
The rest is form letter for attending the conference. As Pete W. said, seems someone there “wants to love us”.
First, Frans van Nispen, one of the co-developers of Inferno, posted comments to the Inferno beta list, indicating that the developement of Inferno is now on hold. But hold on, while it looked like Inferno was going the way of Steinberg… he then posted this: Inferno is not dead ! The bugs will be solved ! Also when YNOP gets back (where did he go ?), he will still continue the Inferno developement for BeOS..
So, YNOP, where are you?!.
Frans also wrote to the beta list that Inferno will sometimes crash at start - known problem. Try restarting, should work.
It was also recently brought to my attention that news being submitted was not getting posted… I am NOT ignoring you! The “Submit News” link above no longer works correctly - but without admin access on the server, I cannot fix it. I will not get any submitted news sent there!
Submit news to my email account - deej at beunited.org!!!
What a week it has been! Probably the biggest week in BeOS news since the focus shift announcement - bigger than any of the Palm announcements.
Then, OpenBeOS had a couple of major breakthroughs in the proof of concept area - the replacement media kit was able to play sound files through SoundPlay and CL-Amp, and a prototype of the app server was drawing to the screen. Small as it may seem, these were HUGE items that proved much about OBOS.
As if this wasn’t enough, shortly after, a leak of an unreleased version of BeOS hit the net, and has been the talk of the town since - I guess that about proves those screenshots weren’t fakes.
And where have I been during all of this turmoil? Barraged with well over 1000 emails, many of which were directly to me, and you all know me, I answer as much as I can, as soon as I can. Between that and not having internet access but at work, work being more busy than usual, I lagged behind seriously. I am extremely sorry about that.
And in response to that, I am bringing back to the “news department” one of the original co-founders of BeGroovy - H-kon - to help me keep the news of BeGroovy fresh, especially since I go 3 days each week away from the internet completely. Many of you old-timers will remember that H-kon posted news on Comdex the first year BeGroovy was around, back in ‘98, and then he disappeared into the dark corners of our forums as a moderator since. Prying him out of his hiding place and back out into the light of the front page, I expect he’ll be warmly welcomed. ;P
BeGroovy will not go away, especially not quietly, into the night of BeOS’s demise as long as there is a possible dawn in the tomorrows with OpenBeOS and/or BlueOS.
Note: While I cannot and do not speak for the OpenBeOS team in any way, I would like everyone to understand that OpenBeOS does not condone, nor support, this unreleased version of BeOS - do not send questions or feature requests about it to members of the OpenBeOS team. The OpenBeOS team will only support and develop OBOS in it’s first release to the released version of BeOS R5, so don’t bother asking them to include features in any initial version of OBOS based off of an untested, unreleased, beta quality build.
I am not sure about BlueOS’ feelings on this matter, but I suspect that they are similar in attitude, but would be more capable of doing work similar to this leaked version sooner rather than later.
The man known throughout much of the BeOS community as YNOP (and one of the developers of the upcoming Inferno) is hunting down, collecting and documenting all the information he can on BeOS’s undocumented API calls, before the knowledge is lost forever.
This is a very, very important thing that needs to be done (and should have been done a long time ago). If you have run into any of these, YNOP would like to hear from you - drop him an email.
To stop all the rumour-mongering about JLG going to Palm, here’s a little news bit submitted by Galley_SimRacer in the forums. JLG will be heading up Computer Access Technology Corp, as reported by MercuryCenter/News.
Don’t misconstrue the headline - I’m saying right up front, Stuff You Gotta Have’s current BeOS software will still be supported. It’s anything new, that you “Won’t”.
Citing “various reasons”, Stuff You Gotta Have has decided to get out of the BeOS software business. Mage Productions will carry on the current BeOS application Bookmobile (now called postcardware), and SYGH will still offer it’s Gobe Productive addons CD Templates and Checkbook XL. Click on Read More to read the press release.
While it’s always sad to see developers leave the community, even the developers of smaller applications, it is good to know that they still care enough to make sure those of us left behind are taken care of. Thanks SYGH.
Okay, I don’t normally post here on BeUnited things, since I’m usually the one posting BeUnited news - but since this one I didn’t post, and it is a VERY important one for everyone to read…
Go There Now and read about it. EVERYONE needs to send that email out, and hold out on a little hope that Palm might play with us some.
AlienSolder pointed me to this link over at SourceForge. And while it isn’t uncommon to see empty BeOS projects over there, it is uncommon to see one that was started on Dec 7 of 2001. Intrigued, I emailed Neil Johnson for more information about the plans of the Honeycomb team. “Read More” to see what he had to say about the plans for Honeycomb and his view on the future of BeOS - specifically OpenBeOS - in a sort of psuedo-interview.
I think it’s very good to see that some good, professional apps are still in the works [and might I mention, finally, for some of them ]. Seems there are plenty of developers that think that we’ll be around for some time to come, enough so to continue, and start, huge projects on a “dead” OS with no future. Hmmmm… maybe it’s not so dead quite yet, ya think?!
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 ).
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!
Meesa Back! Hope all had a safe and happy holidays.
Foggy submitted this link that our fearless leader has stepped down from the CEO and President positions of Be, Inc., and Dan Johnston, Be’s General Counsel, will now act as Be’s President during the dissolution process. Not that this should come as a surprise to anyone, as it was in the buyout agreement that JLG would step down by Dec 31st, and he has. But there’s just something about it being official now that just doesn’t get my nipples hard.
And if you don’t get the “fearless leader” and “nipple” references… just nevermind - newBe! (Yes, I’m feeling frisky now that the hangover is wearing off)
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