Axel Dorfler announced today on the OpenBeOS mailing list that OpenBeOS can now be booted off a partition instead of just a floppy disk. The kernel itself does not support hard drive access just yet, meaning shortly after booting the kernel will panic. A short description of how to test if the kernel will boot on your system can be found at freelists.org along with the rest of the post.
BUG-NORDIC, the Norwegian BeOS User Group, is now sponsoring a signature-gathering campaign whose purpose is to encourage Opera, the makers of the Opera web browser, to resume active development of their application for the BeOS platform. You may read about the campaign, and add your signature if you are so inclined, at this location:
According to a report at Zetajournal, YellowTab may be illegally distributing Gobe Productive 2.0 office suite. Though there is no official statement by either company at this point, some YellowTab customers have been contacted via e-mail by Gobe Productive CEO Kevin Gilbertson. In these e-mails Gilbertson supposedly demands payment from existing and future Zeta owners to use the bundled version of Gobe Productive. Both YellowTab and Gobe Software are expected to make a public statement as soon as possible. Update: In YellowTabs Defense, read on.
Earlier this week Zetajournal reported that Zeta only software and the YellowTab account had been removed from the BeBits software repository for unknown reasons. After further probing it became apparent that one or more of the newly appointed moderators were taking advantage of their position. As of now all moderator privileges have been revoked.
Alan Fisher has published a review of YellowTab’s Zeta service pack 3 for RC1. The review covers both positive and negative aspects of the update. One of the more interesting was that the installer actually does not install the complete update. An update to the network preference application is left uninstalled.
YellowTab has posted new screenshots of Zeta on yellowtab.com. IsComputerOn also reported today that YellowTab is inteding to attend BeGeistert 12 this spring.
Wear a thong, win a BeBox. According to the official WalterCon Thong Rules website, the winner of the contest gets a dual 133 Mhz BeBoxen with BeOS R5 Pro installed. Second and third place prizes have not been announced but are described as “a bunch of great things directly from Be Inc. auction that are Brand New.” The contest involves wearing the thong for the entirety of WalterCon 2004. Head on over to the official rules page to get the rest of the rules or to the unofficial WalterCon Warez Cafepress shop to get your thong, or cool T-shirt.
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