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Be-related sites need a little boost

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Posted by:Deej on Thursday, 28 Mar, 2002 @ 7:51 AM
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These are tough times, that’s for sure. I’ve been working to cut costs on the websites I run, and now BeBits and BeFAQs/BeShare (server) need your help to stay alive. The links just given will take you to the stories about this. Show ‘em some support - it would be a tragedy to the community if we were to lose these sites.

AtheOS Fork puts BeOS API on Linux kernel - and its nearly ready.

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Posted by:Ryan on Tuesday, 26 Mar, 2002 @ 5:30 PM

Ok. so Bill Hayden may have just become the coolest person alive. He forked AtheOS 6 months ago, ported it to the linux kernel, and started porting BeOS apps. Anywhere that the AtheOS api differed from the Be API, he went the Be route. If a piece of Be software wont work, he changes the API, not the software. He is awaiting successful compilation of opentracker and opendeskbar before release. Anyone else think running tracker/deskbar on top of linux without x could be fun? Check his announcement here. OSNews has a story about it as well.

BeUnited announces OBOS support

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Posted by:Deej on Monday, 25 Mar, 2002 @ 3:27 AM

BeUnited recently announced full support of OBOS. While this has been known for some time, this is the “official” announcement of support. Mentioned also is the possibility of BlueOS.

And speaking of OBOS, the newest newsletter issue is out, and there was some recent news on the progress of the Network team from David Reid. Also, DarkWyrm has posted some news on the AppServer progress. Things are sure looking up! Check it all out.

Be Shirts, other stuff, on eBay

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Posted by:Deej on Saturday, 23 Mar, 2002 @ 3:18 AM
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Scottmc noted in our forums that someone who attended the Be auction has some of those goods up for sale on eBay. So, if you missed out on getting a shirt before, you might catch one now. I didn’t want to post this as news, as I want a black T, and posting this will likely contribute to driving the price up… but I didn’t want to hog the info either. :P

BeGeistert, the Road Ahead

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Posted by:Deej on Friday, 22 Mar, 2002 @ 4:04 AM
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BeGeistert is once again meeting, and will be doing their semi-annual event again, for the 8th time since 1998. The “topic” for this event is “The Road Ahead” and sounds like there will be some good stuff happening yet again. If you can, be there. I only wish I could afford the ticket, I’d love to attend one of these. :)

yellowTab exits

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Posted by:Deej on Friday, 22 Mar, 2002 @ 3:50 AM
Inside BeOS Magazine

Well, the word is out to what some have been hearing rumors about recently… yellowTab is dissolving. So why is this categorized under InsideBeOS news? Because the magazine looks as if it will also be no more. Caught the link to that page from BeNews, yes, that’s right, they still post news now and again (probably to cover for all our downtime :P ).

Be-related stuff over at OS News

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Posted by:Deej on Friday, 22 Mar, 2002 @ 3:46 AM
Bits N

As linked to from OS News, OS Opinion has an article comparing Be’s fate with that of Tucker, the advanced auto of the past. Nice read. Props to OS News, TotallyBe, and the omnipresent /. for beating me to this one. ;)

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.

BeOS Radio Week

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Posted by:Deej on Friday, 15 Mar, 2002 @ 8:06 AM
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Technix is organizing a BeOS Radio Week to be held March 24 - 30. He’s hoping to bring BeOS Radio back into the top ten at Live 365. You can read about it on The BeOS Journal, and catch a tidbit on it on leBuzz. Keep up all the hard work Technix!

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.

Xentronix Details

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Posted by:Deej on Thursday, 14 Mar, 2002 @ 12:17 AM
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BeFAQs has two stories up of great interest… The first regards information concerning Inferno. The second has some juicy details about Xentronix’s new announcement of Sample Studio, a 2 channel audio editor to be released later this year. Head over to BeFAQs to get all the good info.

MS innovating again - database-like file system

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Posted by:Deej on Thursday, 14 Mar, 2002 @ 12:04 AM
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Caught the link to this article on /.. Seems MS is going to enable a new file system (Object File System) based off a database to help enable sharing of file types and to make queries easier (no, they don’t actually call them queries). My favorite quote:

“This hasn’t been done in a commercial operating system, but it has been done with Oracle’s database,”

Isn’t that funny, I thought it had been done in a commercial operating system, like some 10 years ago. Hehe… :/

Be.com for sale

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Posted by:Deej on Wednesday, 13 Mar, 2002 @ 3:01 AM
Be Inc

Well, as some had speculated, The BeBox Zone is now reporting that the be.com domain name is up for sale. I say we all pitch in a few dollars and try to buy it to keep it to the community. ;) I emailed to find out more information about the sale. I’ll keep everyone posted. :)

BeOS Journal lookin good

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Posted by:Deej on Wednesday, 13 Mar, 2002 @ 2:46 AM
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As already reported by TotallyBe and BeFAQs, The BeOS Journal has re-awakened (remember it is now .net, not .com). Just wanted to comment that I like the new look, and I’m glad to see it come back to life.

Technix and Minox are also building a new site, BeHistory, which will have all sorts of stories from Be, Inc.’s history, and possibly some more into the future. Submit stories and articles via this email address.

Close call, but back - hopefully for a while

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Posted by:Deej on Monday, 11 Mar, 2002 @ 11:54 PM
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Well, we found our gremlin - or, more accurately, it finally showed itself. In a very, very close call, BeGroovy’s hard disk crashed in a big way and wouldn’t spin up at all. We didn’t have a recent backup either. But thankfully our host was able to retrieve the data on the hard disk and replicate it to a new hard drive. Plugs to Site5 for that one. Needless to say, we now have a very recent backup, that we hopefully won’t be needing for a while. ;)

Blinkenlights a security hazard!?

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Posted by:Deej on Thursday, 07 Mar, 2002 @ 6:21 AM

Well, saw the news item on /., but it didn’t really make a connection until I hit the BeBox Zone. Our BeBoxes - the older, authentic BeBoxes - could have a security problem. Seems it may be possible to determine data being processed by watching LEDs. Sound crazy? Well, the BeBox part might be, since it is only processing CPU usage, not data being shot across, say, a network interface. But hit link to the actual paper from the BeBox Zone if you want to see what we are talking about.

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. ;)

Nurbana for BeOS - your choice

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Posted by:Deej on Thursday, 07 Mar, 2002 @ 2:27 AM
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Nurbana, a 3D modeler for Linux, Windows, BeOS is currently behind on the BeOS version. Roger Andre Lassen wrote in to ask about it, and the response was:

Hello, you are the first to ask about this in a while… I had difficulty getting BeOS working during last version and that is why there is only version 1.02 avail for BeOS and not 1.03. If you can gather a list with at least 25 names on it, then I will schedule a BeOS port for 1.03.1, otherwise it just doesn’t seam feasible.

So there you go, if we gather a list with 25 names, the port will likely happen.

Update - Do not email Roger, email me, and I’ll forward him the list of names interested. Please note, neither I, nor Roger, can answer technical questions about Nurbana, we are only collecting a list of names interested. ;)

Back yet again, again.

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Posted by:Deej on Thursday, 07 Mar, 2002 @ 2:21 AM
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We just can’t seem to keep the server up, now can we?! :) Nutcase has been working on the system, and is settled in at his new apartment/location, so we should see less downtime [crossing fingers].

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