Ok. So OpenBeOS has been promising a vote on a new name for a long long time. Thousands of names were submitted, and they narrowed them down to fifteen candidates. They are:
Auros, Begin, Dysis, Firebox, Firefly, Forge, Haiku, Indigo, Infinity, Jaffa, Mantis, Menlo, Nemo, Nova, Terra
Interesting. In a move that caused people to call us biased, we recommend Haiku or Firefly as the only names that don’t completely suck, with Menlo almost eeking out of suckage. The rest must die, for many reasons.. Such as:
Anyway, most of this is meant in good fun, and to urge people to vote for Firefly or Haiku (neither of which I suggested initially.. i just like them best of the choices). That said, you can pick 5, and it IS your vote. So vote for your prefs, and I am sure things will turn out great.
Teldar has updated beserved, their network based, BeOS native filesystem. This is similar to windows smb/cifs or “everything else” nfs shares, only they are BeOS native and include query and attribute support, etc. In otherwords, it lets you share bfs volumes over networks natively. Not a bad deal. And a darn useful bit of tech to have around if you have a few servers around the house and want to access everything from whichever one you happen to be at.
Ok.. so it looks like our pals over at the general coffee company film productions who create the macromedia flash plugin for beos seem to be having trouble getting it updated. The problem seems to be that Macromedia won’t help them get it updated to support Flash 5 and later. Apparently they use Macromedia licensed code, and cant get updated player code to work with. In anycase, it would probably be a good idea to let macromedia know if you want it updated, etc. If anyone figures out the best way to do that, let me know and I will tack it on the end of this story. Just a thought.
Update: A reader wrote in with this link to request features in macromedia flash. Could be good. There is also a link to a petition being started in the comments below.
Ok.. so this is to be a roundup of all the crazy happenings in the various BeOS Replacement projects floating around. Here goes. YellowTab has updated their page to a new, steadily growing system talking about Zeta, their new upcoming release. Zeta looks like BeOS R6 and includes some new stuff and lots of bundled apps. I will reserve judgement until I have a chance to properly review it.
Meanwhile, BeUnited is reporting that Leonardo OS is “regrouping”.. whatever that means. BeUnited also hosted a “historic meeting of the Open Standards group” recently. Whether the “Historic” portion is indicitive of some incredible forsight or simply ok due to a technicality remains to be seen.
BlueEyedOS has apparently finished the first skeleton of their app_server, as you can see here. They claim it is “in cvs” but as they are a non-open project, you will just have to take their word for it.
Last, but not least, OpenBeOS has been busy, releasing print server beta updates, registrar milestone 2, a few newsletters, a pretty far along media kit, and a bunch of updates on the app_server, including a screenshot of it rendering a font for the first time (publically presumably).
Phew. Not a bad round up for the past few weeks. Now to go dig through the rest of the incoming news folder, and see what else I can slam up here today.
Update: Forgot to mention this.. on the somewhat sketchy side, BeOS 5 PE MAX Edition has been released. Here is a blurb:
BeOS 5 PE Max Edition is a distribution made using the free version of BeOS 5 (called Personal Edition) with a number of drivers, add-ons, and software. It includes the new development tools from the OpenBeOS team Web site, but you will also be able to select the old tools. It only contains freeware and shareware demos. All the code it contains is legal under the MIT, GPL, or LGPL licenses.
And yes its Athlon XP patched.
Dunno about the legality of the whole thing personally, but check out http://www.vasper.net for more information.
Hey peeps. Just wanted to point out a very interesting project called Themis. This project aims to create a new, modern, effective, fast BeOS native browser. This could be very interesting for the various Save BeOS projects, and could lead to something along the lines of konqueror for OBOS or B.E.OS. etc.
To get to the point, the head of the project, Raymond C. Rogers, needs help. Lots of people have already contributed, but the project needs more ideas, and most importantly, more brains to help out with it. So, if you aren’t doing anything for the next year or two, and feel like pitching in, get in touch with him! Net+ is great, but dead and decaying. Help make Themis even better, and growing!
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