Blatantly stealing this story from The BeOS Journal, Steinberg has announced that they will be opening the source code to VSTGUI 2.3 and all later versions. VSTGUI is what allows various VST plug-ins to have a consistent interface across multiple platforms. Xentronix will be porting VSTGUI to BeOS/Zeta/OBOS/Etc. as part of their on going efforts to expand and update the available VST plug-ins available for BeOS. In related news, Xentronix has just released a new VSTi plug-in, the ZR3 Synth, which recreates some of the vintage sounds of electric drawbar organs. You can find more information on both over at Xentronix’s website.
Right. So I know that in the past I issued a call for authors to help liven the site up, and ended up not really doing anything with the surprising number of responses I got. I apologize to all of you who offered to help for my lack of response. The issue was that there was no real security on the admin interface, and I didn’t have time to code it in place like I had planned.
Since the redesign and redeployment on movabletype, the admin side is much more robust, and it seems an appropriate time to re-invite you to join up. If you are interested in posting news to BeGroovy, and helping to keep the site fresh, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
I am going to be pretty open about signing people up, and will then remove people that don’t seem to fit. Seems like a more interesting way to do it.
So, if you previously wanted to help, and are still interested, we are ready for you. Let us know!
In what ultimately amounts to a mixed fate, Sample Studio by Xentronix has been open sourced, after community members paid a $250 source release fee. This was done because Xentronix no longer has time to continue work on the product, and didn’t want it to just become abandonware.
So, the downside is that Sample Studio, a potentially great audio editing app for BeOS, has seen it’s core developers stop development. The upside is that it is now free software, so it has potential to grow quickly if new developers pick it up.
And on time. (available here) The new editor, Kevin Field, gives a nice, down to earth, “Hello” and talks about how to donate time in little chuncks. Jacques Lema gives a sermon about communities - Amen (and what about that part about no company making money from support - there went my business plans ). Michael talks about - let me put it in Star Wars terms - “Nice shootin’ kid. Don’t get cocky.” Aside that, he also preaches, the telemarketer ramble of Suicidal Tendencies (the heavy rock band) - “Send me your money.” But at least this faith can be tangible.
It’s not a technical newsletter this time, and hey, it’s without me… But it is uplifting, and it is a call for help. When I announced my intentions to leave the OpenBeOS staff, I was amazed at how many people came out of the wood-work to volunteer. More of that is needed. Ideas are needed. We are getting the spotlights and stage lined up, but we still have to rehearse for the real show. Go volunteer, and if you can’t - go pay your tithings.
Michael Phipps of OpenBeOS was interviewed today in the Wall Street Journal Online. What is cool about this is not only the amazing marketing potential of the WSJ, but also that Eric Raymond, world reknown for his leadership role in the Open Source movements, comments on BeOS, stating that it’s architecture is alluring. Eyes from high places are watching OpenBeOS, that is for sure.
Registration is required for access to the article, and it would be copyright infringement to link to it directly or repost it here, so you can either go to OSNews where it was first posted, and you might find a link in their comments, hit BeShare and see if anyone has it, or register for WSJ Online.
Apologies for the hopefully brief outage last night. I just noticed that the server was down today, and Site5 got it up and running within 5 minutes.
The issue is a remnant of our last major outage, in which one of our hard disks failed, and we crammed it all on the other disk. This means some very important parts of our disk are almost full. We are looking into pricing for replacing the initial hard disk so that we can spread things out and stabilize them, etc… it will happen as soon as we can afford it regardless, but if anyone wants to help us out so we can get it done sooner, it would be appreciated. email me if you want to help or whatever.
Anyway, we will try to stay on top of these things. All services should be up and functioning properly, including bemail which essentially is good to go for 3 more years (at least), provided we can get some server stability. :-/
Anyway, apologies for the outage. Hopefully it won’t happen again.
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