Eugenia sent us a head’s up to a new editorial online at OSNews about Zeta. A “Top Ten” reasons sort of thing. I personally will be buying it 1) to support yellowTab’s efforts, 2) to update my system, and 3) because BeOS remains my most oft booted OS. My favorite quote from the article:
PalmSource has absolutely 0% interest in BeOS. Their “execs don’t even remember they actually own the Be IP” someone in the know told me once.
Knowing how they were when beunited.org tried to get a license, I find it quite fortunate that yellowTab was able to license the code at all and save the OS for the community. Support them! Besides, it’ll be a while before we have an open source offering - and I know you all need an updated OS out there! (Aside the fact that yellowTab has plans to incorporate OSS solutions into Zeta, so it becomes a distro of sorts as time goes on anyways).
Cosmoe, the “Compatible Open Source Multi Operating-system Environment” created when Bill Hayden forked the atheos app_server, put it on top of the linux kernel, changed the API to be BeOS-like, and started attaching other api’s like openstep/cocoa, and the linux standards, has a new release. This release, 0.7rc3 is a “close to ready” 0.7 release which has a few more bugs. Most of the work since the last release has been internal, and involved nearly rewriting libcosmoe from scratch based on the openbeos codebase. Yes folks, they are sharing. This is why free software rules.
In any case, go check out the new release if you are so inclined. If it’s good, consider helping out. You can read the complete announcement simply by clicking the read more link. Congratulations Bill!
Just want to throw out a couple of small bits…
John Fehr, the man behind WCDesign, Civ:CTP and many other cool games ported to BeOS, has been through some tough times. He is now selling off the last reminant of his ties to BeOS and his legacy there - the wcdesign.com domain name. It is up for auction here. It’s already up to $100USD, so evidently there is some demand for it. So you BeOS collector’s out there can now own a domain with a bit o’ history, if that interests you. Happy bidding - and it’s still for a good cause!
Next up… I’ll be changing my email address over the next couple of months. I am getting about a 5-1 ratio of spam to regular traffic on firstname.lastname@example.org now, and that includes mailing list traffic on the side of regular traffic - and I’m on a lot of mailing lists! I’ve used email@example.com for so long, I feel that I can’t just shut it off anymore… so, keep your eye out on my posts and/or replies for the new email address, as I’m not going to post it here (a lot of spam comes from posting to this site - it’s been around for going on 5 years now). Around Aug, firstname.lastname@example.org will start bouncing. Also, you can always get me at my personal email address, which is email@example.com (of course, changing that to reflect _my_ name).
Looks like OSNews got a copy of the yellowTab 5b beta. They have posted what they call a “WORLD EXCLUSIVE” first look at yellowTab. It is a bit more indepth than anything we have seen so far, and does get into functionality and behavior, as it is hands on. Most of the news to this point has been screenshots and second hand accounts of behavior in demos. So it’s definately worth a read.
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