Just posted over in the BeBits.com talk back, Kyle Donaldson is now actively developing BeAIM again. A new release is ready for download at his BeAIM site but not updated on BeBits as of yet. The source now compiles with no mods or hacks and the long awaited implementation of server stored buddy lists is here. Download the release here.
The OpenBeOS project announced its first conference to be held this summer in Columbus, Ohio. Michael Phipps calls the first conference “One short, action packed weekend full of fun and excitement. We’ll get started at 9 or 10 AM on Saturday and finish up about 5PM on Sunday.” Conference attendees will be among the first to hear the new project name and get a glimpse at the long awaited brand spanking new website. The conference is scheduled for June 19-20, 2004 and slated to kick off at 9 to 10 a.m. on Saturday. Head on over the OpenBeOS website for more details on registration and room arrangements. BeUnited has already announced its planned presence at the conference and I’m sure there are more to follow.
As reported by IsComputerOn, IT Bug member Christian Celona has posted a report on the yellowTab presence at CeBIT 2004. Along with his report (in Italian) there is also a small slide show of pictures from the yellowTab booth. Also, according to Christian’s report the Zintro will be available in Italy as early as next month.
A new video editor for BeOS hit BeBits today for your downloading pleasure. Dubbed ‘Virtual BeLive’ the software already seems a serious piece of editing software though it’s said be largely under construction by the author, Bill Davenport. The sources are available, so dig in and help Bill out if you get a chance. The software was originally developed as a college project. According to the project homepage Virtual BeLive needs help setting up a message board for the homepage.
I’d like to take a moment to welcome Jonathan Flacke (aka skiBUM) as a news editor here at BeGroovy. As you can see, he’s already jumped in head first and posting like a madman!
I wish to thank Jonathan for his most needed help here, and encourage all of you to comment here - welcome him aboard and let him know what a good job he is doing already!
According to a forum post by yellowTAB CVO Bernd Korz, SP3 will be released for download within days. The service pack has already been seeded to beta testers and final bug fixes are being processed before it becomes available later this week. Bernd announced the upcoming release in the yellowTAB forums stating: “SP3 is ready and in a stage of testing. Our beta testers gave some reports to fix. But so far we can say it is only some days left until we can publish it.”
Another review of yelowTAB’s ZETA RC2 can be read over at BeOS.pl. The review is originally written in Polish, with a choppy English version also available. The review covers all the typical topics: installation, boot time, multimedia and networking. There is also a short section on speed comparison between R5 and ZETA.
Since the first days of the Mozilla browser on BeOS printing has been an issue. Once again a cash offer has been raised to any developer who tackles the problem. According to a forum post over at BeZilla.org the total cash bounty is up to $250 U.S. The only stipulations are that the fix must be functional under PhOS, Dano and Zeta. I would hope the fix would also be able to function on R5. The issue involves multiple levels of bug fixes and is not by any means a light task. I’m sure any true BeOS coder could tackle the issue in no time at all!
As most users have noticed by now the hardware matrix at FrizBe.net has been down for some time now. After the FrizBe hardware store went under the domain name was eventually left unregistered. The folks over at BeDrivers.com now have a mirror of the matrix in static pages and are working on obtaining the actual data for the site.
yellowTAB announced today that the company will be attending the CeBIT IT and telecommunications fair. CeBIT is one of the largest technology fairs in the world and is being held in Hannover, Germany from 18th - 24th March. CVO Bernd Korz says the company plans on presenting ZETA and the newly claimed Zintro at the fair.
Pictures of the slim line Zintro and the new multimedia interface yellowTAB plans to produce can be seen in this OSnews article.
The BeZilla development team is in need of a few donations from the community. The BeZilla tinder box is becoming more and more unreliable and has recently experienced some down time. The team is looking into possible upgrades for the server, including hardware donations from the community and paypal donations.
On the same note, the Bezilla folk are looking into jump starting the development of a PPC build for BeOS. The libraries needed to be ported first are listed in this news item. Anyone with PPC experience give it a go.
A new version of the BeOS IMkit has recently been released over at BeClan. Along with some initial bug fixes the new version sports an updated deskbar replicant and now supports the AIM network protocol. Though I haven’t yet grabbed the new download, I here the ICQ protocol wont work without BONE for the time being. If you’re looking for a quick download head over to the BeClan project page or look here for the all the builds from the first to Alpha 9.
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