Looks like ozone, the multiplatform BeShare client, may have a contender. Or alternatively, may /be/ one. It seems that the creator of the original JavaShare, Bryan Varner, is prepping for a “Code-A-Thon” to take place this weekend. The Goal? A beta of JavaShare 2… with full filesharing support. However.. this isn’t pure generosity. By announcing now, he is gathering funds to use during the code-a-thon… on such neccessities as pizza, soda, chips, etc. Currently he has about $44 collected. $75 buys the full 3 day span… and oh yeah.. there is gonna be a webcam. so, if you have $30 and want to see what happens about 2.5 days into a 3 day non stop “code-a-thon” - you know what to do. And if you don’t know what to do, you are dumb. Dont worry about it.. just continue to bang your head against the wall.
The gauntlet has been thrown. Can ozone come back with a full 96 hour code-a-thon? Could this escalate to a triple digit code-a-thon war?!? Only time will tell. all I know is that non-beos users will soon have a plethora (look kids! big words!) of choices for invading your beshare turf. Be afraid. Be /very/ afraid. el Presidente is waiting. muwHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH.
There is currently a poll at a site I shall not name. We cant post where. Careful observers may get the hint though.
In any case, it asks about “The OS That Never Was” - so if you think a certain OS was the most advanced in it’s day, and died unfairly… well, dont go find the poll and vote because that would skew the results. Instead, rest assured that your favorite os is already winning. Assuming your favorite os is BeOS.
Anyway, apologies if anyone figured it out. I was a secretive as I can be, but i have gotten a bit mischevious in my old age.
BeUnited and YellowTab have teamed up to promote standards in OpenBeOS distributions. As BeUnited and YellowTab are the only two announced OBOS distros I know of, this means there will be a pretty strong level of standardization.
This can only be good for BeOS, which has always relied on standards such as people files, mail files, mp3 attributes, etc. Hopefully this partnership will continue that, as well as more obtuse standards that shape the operating environment.
If anyone knows what that last sentance means, please tell me. In the mean time, congratulations to BeUnited and YellowTab on teaming up to make OpenBeOS distros a better experience for everyone. Yay!
BTW: You can read all about it at either of their homepages, accessible from the links above.
John Blanco of Rapture in Venice has written us with some updates involving his BeOS software. We figured we would pass it on.
Thanks for the updates John!
VitViper wrote in to let us know that Ozone, the windows and linux BeShare client has been GPL’ed at sourceforge. This is good news, as it means it has a chance to thrive and can’t be sued or put down or something by evil money-grubbing idiots. (Wow. Why am I so political today? hmm)
Anyway, check out the self described “open source site for ozone” at http://ozone-o3.sourceforge.net/ and consider chipping in some time to make it even greater than it already is.
Seems like OpenBeOS is coming further out of it’s shell, and people are taking notice. Slashdot paid attention to their recent community Q&A. OpenBeOS seemed surprised that they werent slashdotted. Thats the benefit of being on sourceforge folks.. it would essentially be like /. /.ing themselves. Aggregated resources via mergers, and other corporate speak. News at 11.
Anyway, as a followup to that, CNet got in touch with them. Not the News.com CNet, but the CNet Radio brand of CNet. Apparently they interview on short notice, as befits an internet news site with a bit more punctuality than us, and the interviewed Michael Phipps live yesterday at this location. This happened at 10:40AM (PDT), yesterday. If you didn’t know yesterday, you missed it. If I find an archived version, I will let you know.
Anyway, it seems OBOS is putting the smack down on the PR front. I find several things about this strange.
1) They are going to change their name. Shouldnt they do this BEFORE creating major recognition? ;P
2) They are going to change their site. Shouldnt they do this BEFORE creating major recognition? ;P
3) Their license is wrong. I mean, if you are gonna be free, BE free. Don’t use a license with even less protection of freedom than one approved by corporate dicks (that link felt good.) I mean, make it free, and keep it free. Otherwise you lose before you begin. (/me starts licensing flamewar with glee, and plans to watch the aftermath with amusement)
Anyway, Thats my OpenBeOS update/rant/whatever for now. Back to our regularly scheduled programming.. which is really sorta what this is. Hmm.
le Buzz, the long running BeOS Audio site (and my first introduction to the BeOS community) is back with a new look and new features, after an extended downtime due to server issues. I just want to welcome them back, and look forward to seeing their groovy new system fill up with lots of news related to audio under the BeOS system.. be that BeOS itself, OpenBeOS, BlueEyedOS, Cosmoe, Leonardo, YellowTab, or any of the other 101 projects working to save the best thing since the smashing pumkins world shaking 1995 release. Or sliced bread. Or whatever.
Guess it’s time to get us a le buzz category.
Cosmoe 0.5.3 was released today, and includes “patches to make it compile easier.” The Development Diary mentions the next step is coding on real video drivers. Here is a straight copy/paste of some news:
7/1/2002 - Today I released Cosmoe 0.5.3, with yet more patches to make compiling and running Cosmoe easier.
6/30/2002 - After many days of effort, I now have autoconf support in Cosmoe. Just ./configure, make, and make install. No more shell variables…
Interesting, eh? No doubt. In any case, it’s all available at cosmoe.com, which uses frames and is thus incredibly unlinkable. So you are gonna have to navigate on your own.
Raise your hand if you remember Blender. You know, the 3d app that was ported to BeOS and later died when their company ran out of funding? In any case.. it looks like it may not be dead after all. There is an effort happening at blender3d.com to get all parts of the blender code openend up. What makes this effort different from other efforts? Its being lead by the founder of NaN, blenders original company.
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