OpenBeOS has been making progress in leaps and bounds. Last week, the NetServer ran and Net+ rendered a page using its net stack. This past week has seen two more major events:
1) OpenBFS is ready for testing! Be aware not to have critical data on the partition and you might end up in KDL (Kernel Debugging Land), but it is functional and the OpenBFS team needs bug reports. They still need to implement Live Queries and Journalling, but still, this is a major step forward.
2) Proto5 of the app_server has been released. Besides this screenshot, showing simple, dragable application windows being rendered, there are numerous improvements to Proto4. One very interesting thing to note is that YNOP, of Inferno fame has contributed code, including an interesting “dual monitor” feature, allowing you to run the test app server full screen in another monitor while able to debug in the original BeOS app_server. DarkWyrm has also made binaries available for those that want to check it out but are CVS/compiler impaired.
Nothing short of a round of drinks and a pizza to these 3 teams! EXCELLENT WORK!
Submitted by Scottmc
There is now a hacked Radeon8500 driver avaiable for testing. Thanks once again to Euan Kirkhope. Check this thread in our forums.
Be sure to read Euan’s description/disclaimer in the post as well - these are hacked drivers, meaning that you should expect issues - and Euan provides the disclaimer in case “your house burns down”. Standard alpha/test software warning.
Scottmc also states that “it would still be nice to get a project started so that we actually have source code to modify for new drivers instead of having to hack binaries to make the old drivers work with the new cards.” I agree fully. Any takers? Hop on the BeDriverTalk mailing list (subscribe link found on BeDrivers) and get started!
Submitted by Scottmc
That blur being seen on the ECCp109 project is Team BeOS climbing up the rankings. Lutonhatter ported the client over to BeOS a couple of weeks ago (see the Begroovy forums for details) and recently released a BeOS port of the more optimized version on BeBits. Team BeOS now has 20 members on project and should be able to move into the top 20 on this project with little trouble.
Another Distributed Computing project called Distributed Folding may also get a BeOS port. The guys at Distributed Folding attempted a port over to BeOS a couple of weeks ago, but ran into a few snags, mostly due to not being able to find BeOS equilents of a few command lines programs. The Genome@Home project may some day get a BeOS port. They are working on the code for a possible release soon from that I’ve been told. Folding@Home says they are going to focus on Solaris and a couple others before looking at BeOS.
Well, I transferred the DNS to the new server for BeUnited, and it didn’t go as planned, obviously. I have put in the DNS change back to the old server - until I try again. Do not worry, things will get sorted out and BeUnited will return online soon.
As my primary email address is on BeUnited, anyone that needs to get ahold of me can do it in the forums or at deej at beunited dot COM (not org).
In probably the biggest news of the past week, OpenBeOS’s Network Team announced that they have not only achieved TCP traffic, but that it is binary compatible with BeOS R5 applications - and have posted a screenshot of Netpositive using the new OBOS network stack. SuperKudos to the Net team!
The close runner up to that is that TotallyBe has found out that Pixel32 development DOES, in fact, continue for BeOS! That took me by surprise! Nice…
BeForever caught an article from TechTV that claimed Gobe’s Productive the best alternative to MS’ Office, beating out StarOffice! Way to go Gobe! We knew this already, but it’s good to see it recognized outside the community!
And lastly, a friendly reminder to check BeEmulated once in a while if you are interested in all sorts of emulation on the BeOS platform… they have to be the most active news site in the community these days! Good to see all the activity, that’s for sure… I suppose I should try to keep BeGroovy half as active.
Well, this ended up a lot longer than I thunk it wood b… should maybe done separate posts, eh?!
BEOS - no, not BeOS, BEOS - BlueEyedOS - knew I’d get you with that headline. BlueEyedOS, formerly BlueOS, now has their own domain name and an updated website design - www.BlueEyedOS.com.
It’s great to see some signs of life over there, as many had nearly written them off. Hopefully we’ll see a more active site (and development) in the future!
Scottmc, BeGroovy regular and BeDrivers founder/maintainer, has been thinking about things. One of BeOS’s biggest shortcomings were drivers. OpenBeOS will be of no exception, as a matter of fact, it’ll be worse, at least in the beginning. In order to head this off, BeDrivers has set up a BeDriverTalk Yahoo!Group. To sign on, you need a Yahoo! member ID (no, not an email account, just a member ID).
So, if you have any experience driver writing, sign up and help anyone that wants to learn! If you want to learn, sign up and code us some new drivers!
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