Well, chalk one more ended post-BeOS project up for Bernd…
Bernd and the Zebuntu Team decided to go different ways. This has some consequences to Zebuntu.
The next Beta version will be shipped with a new icon and window theme.
The development of the BeOS Compatibility Layer and integration therefor is now freezed.
Not much a reason to switch if it’s just for the look. You probably won’t see anymore posts here about Bernd or Z*. Thanks for the head’s up BeJay.
Bernd is still at trying to help along the BeOS community in his own ways… This time in the form of a revived BlueEyedOS Linux kernel distro based on Ubuntu, aptly titled Zebuntu. To quote a quote from OSNews (the original announcement is in German):
“Our goal is to use BlueEyedOS to offer a new platform for our former Zeta customers. In the future, Zeta, BeOS, as well as any future Haiku applications, will run natively on Zebuntu. This also offers a distinct advantage for developers for these platforms; they can use Zebuntu to develop for their platforms while utilising the performance and versatility of Linux.”
You can find an english language development blog here.
While many in the community may have a bad taste in their mouths for Bernd’s efforts in the BeOS community, I personally think this is a great new development - especially given the current state of needing Linux to compile Haiku (yeah, I know, that should go away soon - for those that can get Haiku or BeOS or Zeta to install in the first place on their modern hardware). But still, I use Ubuntu primarily on my laptop, and need a great deal of applications not available on BeOS/Haiku (and have Haiku in a VM on it), having a BeOS-flavored version of Ubuntu that will run BeOS/Zeta/Haiku apps is one less reboot for me (and that reboot is given I can actually one day install Haiku to the partition sitting waiting for it ). I say kudos to this effort, and look forward to a release of the newest Ubuntu flavor!
Not sure how many of y’all were able to get out to the Southern California Linux Expo but just in case you didn’t make it, Koki has a great blog entry about what happened. It sounds like they had a good time and it would have been a great time for community members to get together and socialize. All of these types of events are great opportunities for community members to show their support. So, keep your eye on the Upcoming Events section at Haiku-OS.org and head out to some of these events with a Haiku shirt or hat on. Hopefully, we will see a LOT of you there soon!
In the beginning, one man took the reigns, gathered the developers and built Haiku inc. from the ground up. Now, the reigns have been passed on to the developers and they are will continue building Haiku Inc. That is pretty much the nutshell version but Koki has the complete story here. From what I see, it looks like we have a solid foundation but we, the entire community, need to continue to work hard to make the Haiku Project known and viable.
The first big show of the year with Haiku in attendance is right around the corner. The Southern California Linux Expo 6x will be taking place in Los Angeles, CA (USA) February 8-10, 2008. BGA and Koki will be manning the Haiku booth along with others and have given an interview to Gareth J. Greenway about their Haiku involvement. The article is an excellent read and you can find out more information about the Haiku events planned at the Expo here. If you happen to be in the LA area at that time, stop by and say “Hey!” or if you can help out, contact Koki and let him know you are interested in helping. If you do attend, drop us a line and let us have your impressions of the event.
Exactly what is Kernel Debugging Land and how do I use it? Ingo Weinhold tells us all about it in his latest article “Welcome to Kernel Debugging Land…” over at the Haiku-OS website. Topics include an overview of KDL, popular commands available and how to use it as a valuable programming and bug finding resource. Head on over and read it, whether you are a developer or a user, know more about Kernel Debugging Land will make your Haiku experience that much more enjoyable.
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