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New OpenBeOS Newsletter

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Posted by:Ryan on Wednesday, 30 Apr, 2003 @ 11:14 PM

Short and sweet: OpenBeOS has launched the latest newsletter. It’s a 2/3 edition with two articles - the second half of the ongoing JAM tutorial, and another “killer app” editorial by Michael. Worth a read.

BeBox Anew

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Posted by:Deej on Monday, 28 Apr, 2003 @ 2:41 PM
Submitted News

Well, sortof. As Nicholas Blachford, famed BeOS audio developer of old, put it, “Be goes home”. Below is his statement that went out to the BeLoud mailing list (What?! You don’t remember the BeLoud mailing list? Shame on you!).

The summary of his post is that it is now official, there will be a port of OpenBeOS running on the Pegasos PPC motherboards! Read More for Nicholas’ post.

I still own my dual 133 BeBox, and while it hasn’t been booted in quite some time, I think it’s very exciting to see BeOS’s return to PPC. I have been keeping a close eye on Genesi and Pegasos, especially after finding out Nicholas was involved. With OpenBeOS running on that platform, it will likely end up being the second PPC box I’ve owned - however, I want dual G4’s with blinkenlights, and nothing less! Nicholas? :P

yellowTab Japan Zeta Tech Preview

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Posted by:Ryan on Monday, 21 Apr, 2003 @ 7:18 PM

JPBE.net has released the video images taken at the “Zeta Technology Preview in Tokyo” held last Saturday April 20. The event was held in front of an audience that included developers, resellers and representatives of the Japanese media, including DOS/V Magazine, UNIX USER magazine, Software Design Magazine and Linux Magazine. We expect coverage of the event at the upcoming issues of these publications, and probably others.

JPBE.net is working on a review that they will post later this week. Koki from JPBE.net was kind enough to offer BeGroovy an english translation of the article when it goes online. So look forward to reading a first hand account of the Zeta demo in Japan in the coming days here at BeGroovy, thanks to the generosity of our fellow Be’ers over in Japan. In the meantime, as Koki so eloquently puts it, “one picture is worth more than a thousand words”, so read on for some videos to enjoy until then.

yellowTab heading towards Rising Sun

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Posted by:Deej on Monday, 14 Apr, 2003 @ 2:02 PM

As on the yellowTab website today…

Organized by the Japan BeOS Network with the cooperation of DOS/V Magazine of SoftBank Publishing, YellowTAB is pleased to announce a Zeta Technology Preview event to be held in Tokyo, Japan, on April 19. At this event, CTO Bernd Korz will demostrate the long-awaited Zeta, YellowTAB’s next generation BeOS operating system.

Head over to yellowTab’s site to read more!

I, for one, can’t wait to hear about it! Anyone out there in J-town that is attending want to submit a “mini-review” for us to post?

BlueEyed OS Updates

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Posted by:Ryan on Monday, 14 Apr, 2003 @ 1:41 PM
BlueEyed OS

BlueEyed OS has updated their site with a whole new look, and seemingly more content. In fact, according to their news page, they have a new iso on the way based on Knoppix which includes the latest version of their app server and such. It should be online as soon as they find hosting, followed closely by individual components. Hey guys - ibiblio.org is great and free hosting if you ever decide to free your project. In the meantime, keep up the interesting, if rather confidential, work.


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Posted by:Deej on Friday, 04 Apr, 2003 @ 2:17 PM
BlueEyed OS

According to some news recently posted to BeForever, B.E.OS (BlueEyedOS) will release a _version_ Real Soon Now (should be released in about 8 days, if the postings are correct). It is not an alpha or beta version (just a release to let people toy with), but it will autoconfigure hardware, run at 1024×768 res, and it will allow everyone to play with the B.E.OS window managing system. Should be a fun ride. :)

Emulated Updates

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Posted by:Deej on Thursday, 03 Apr, 2003 @ 4:37 PM

BeEmulated posted a couple of updates right around the “April Fool’s Outage” timeframe that some of you may have missed. First, there’s a new update to BeS9x out with fixes to the full-screen code, among other things. My kids are probably Caz’s greatest fans, Kirby, Zelda, and several other ROMs that have become their favorite PC games now. And, as if that wasn’t enough, a new version of DOSBox is out there, with some pretty hefty fixes and additions related to sound. I actually watched Serpentor playing some old DOS classics in BeOS the other day, and was really impressed with DOSBox’s capabilities thus far.


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Posted by:Ryan on Wednesday, 02 Apr, 2003 @ 11:39 AM
Site News

Once again, we are back from the dead. Domains are still resolving (i.e. the forums are down as I write this) and tweaks are still happening (i.e. i just fixed the haiku generator)…. but overall, BeGroovy is back on the air.

Our old dedicated server crashed and burned in a pretty spectacular manner… not only was it having hardware instability issues, but it was also hacked to the point that the kernel itself contained script kiddie security holes. It has since been fired. We now have a new host, Rackspace, who pride themselves on fanatical support and server security, etc. This means that the site should load faster, and be down far far far far far less than it has been over the past year. It’s not cheap, but having a 24/7 phone hotline to get problems solved instantly is worth every penny.

On another note, the long awaited forum merge between here and synapselounge is still underway. The lounge now has several new (and hidden) forums prepared to house content from this location, and the algorithms to merge the id tables are being written. Our first crack at it went well, but had some data leaks. We will keep testing until we get it right and won’t lose a single bit of the data we have collected over the years. Then we will do it for real. Until then, things on the begroovy forums will be business as usual.

In any case, thanks for bearing with us while we experienced our growing pains (or shrinking pains, as the case may be.) I will be contacting all our new contributors to give them the updated secure server sign in to post, so we can get the news flow ramping up around here. :)

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