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Lobby in Brazil

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Posted by:BeGroovy Admin on Tuesday, 01 Feb, 2005 @ 9:59 PM
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Submitted by RepairmanJack (I’m posting a little late, but better than never):

Acording to multiple sources (National Public Radio, CNN, USA Today, and others), the Nation of Brazil is going to discontinue the use of the MS Windows Operating system on all of it’s government computers. According to sources, Brazil intends to switch to NON-proprietary software to better control and protect its data. This is raising a major stir in Redmond, leading Bill Gates to lobby for a meeting with Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. As if kicking the monopolistic software company off government computers is not enough, Brazil also intends to push its citizens to switch.

My editorial additive content:

I think BGA should be lobbying for a meeting with Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. :P

Good Bye … Blue Eyes

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Posted by:BeGroovy Admin on Tuesday, 01 Feb, 2005 @ 9:46 PM
BlueEyed OSHaiku

…Who could hang a name on you?… Oh, wait, that’s Ruby Tuesday. :P

As many of you have probably already heard, it appears Blue Eyed OS is out of the OSBOS game. While it is sad to see a post-Be effort to die - the hidden silver lining, as told by Michael Olivera on the Haiku mailing list:

The remaining BlueEyedOS developers and me wants join in Haiku project.

So, while sad, this could give a few extra coders to strengthen (maybe speed up) Haiku development.

UPDATE 02/02/2005:

Seems that was a premature death call. From Guillaume himself:

It seems that Michael (Oliveira), our webmaster, concluded a ‘bit’ too quickly because the website www.BlueEyedOS.com is down for some days (due to a technical issue), that the BlueEyedOS is dead.
It is not.

He also mentions that Zeta has been a high priority for him lately, explaining his recent lack of activity.

What I do hope now that this non-death has gone public via the Haiku mailing list, is that communications between team members does increase, and we still see some of those developers helping out more in Haiku (and possibly vice versa) in the form of code/knowledge sharing and the like.

Future Boy Now

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Posted by:Deej on Friday, 21 Jan, 2005 @ 11:29 AM

The General Coffee Company sent in word that they have been getting a lot of very positive press coverage lately over their Future Boy! game. From their note to us:

A number of these reviews also mention BeOS as one of the supported platforms: it’s nice to see BeOS being mentioned in the more mainstream press, including national newspapers and international magazines.

This is really good news… reminds people that we are still out there and still trudging forward (slowly but surely). :)

Stargate SG-1 Game progress update.

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Posted by:Cougar on Tuesday, 18 Jan, 2005 @ 9:02 AM

This is old info that I wanted to post a while back regarding some updates on the Stargate SG-1 game for BeOS that’s being developed.

Starting with the latest news from the site first, currently the binaries and source code for the game have been updated and are available for download from the download section of the site. Remember that you need SDL in order to play the game, you can find that over at Bebits if you don’t have it.

There’s progress on the networking features of the game. The server currently accepts connections from the client through the network class named VNetXXX. The server can create and properly exit TCP and UDP connections. On the client side, connecting to the server works. There’s still a lot of work to be done on the messaging system, but already you can send any VMessage across the network. The networking code is available in the CVS for those interested in taking a closer look.

Also, Aries Mu (Xavier) joined the project as a graphics artist to help draw and design parts of the game, the characters, etc.

If you haven’t seen the project yet, head on over to their homepage to check out the screenshots.

Haiku website back online.

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Posted by:Cougar on Tuesday, 18 Jan, 2005 @ 8:34 AM

After being down for some time due to server problems, the Haiku OS webpage is back up and functioning. Recently the forums have also returned and are working correctly.

Also, check out the Haiku activity stats to see the development and changes taking place in the Haiku CVS. You’ll see all the commits and changes that are being made to the Haiku CVS by all the developers working on the project. It can give you an idea of what’s going on and provide another source of info for those interested in following Haiku’s progress.

Multi Channel I/O Sound card Driver Fund.

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Posted by:Cougar on Thursday, 13 Jan, 2005 @ 2:47 PM

A poll was started over at the Bedrivers.com forums to start raising money to support the development of a complete driver for a multi i/o high quality soundcard for the BeOS.

The poll was made to start a discussion about the fund to see who would be interested, how much to raise and to decide which soundcard to support development for.

Some progress has been made on drivers for the M-Audio and Echogals and Echo24 audio cards, but I’m not sure how complete those drivers are. So, maybe this fund could help get those drivers completed or maybe start support for another model.

If you’re interested, head on over to the topic at the BeDrivers.com forums and let Paul know. His e-mail address is available there if you wish to contact him.

yellowTab looking for engineers an kernel hackers.

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Posted by:Cougar on Thursday, 13 Jan, 2005 @ 11:48 AM

yellowTab announced a few days ago that they are hiring and are looking for Media Application and Kernel/Driver development engineers. The positions are in the Mannheim, Germany area. If you’re interested in applying, you can go here for more info on the job requirements and how to apply for the positions.

Haiku-OS / beunited Websites Update

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Posted by:Deej on Wednesday, 05 Jan, 2005 @ 5:40 AM

Just wanted to drop a note about the extended outages of both the Haiku-OS and beunited websites…

The dedicated server has suffered a file system mounting problem, one that will require a system rebuild. Since the server was hosted at a remote location, it is being shipped back to beunited for a rebuild. However, due to these and past issues, both Haiku-OS and beunited have both decided to move to virtual hosting solutions. The domains are in transfer to their new respective hosts, and backups of the sites’ data are being recovered from the old dedicated server. Stay tuned, both sites should return very shortly.

Groovy New Year!!!

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Posted by:Yez on Friday, 31 Dec, 2004 @ 12:41 PM
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As the sun sets on the far side of the world and rises on this side, a new year is upon us. It is with a heavy heart that we say good-bye to 2004 on such a low note (see Haiku News for more info). We move in 2005 with high hopes of continued progress on Haiku, Java, and BeZilla. We would also like to send out our best wishes to all the great members of the incredible BeOS community. Take care everyone and continued success in all your endeavors!

Forums Back and Better

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Posted by:Deej on Monday, 27 Dec, 2004 @ 8:23 PM

The Forums are back online, slicker and faster than ever. No data was lost in the migration. We might modify the look a slight bit, but otherwise we are operational. In the process, I cleaned out the user database, removing well over 2000 inactive user accounts. Basically, if you haven’t logged in for over a year, or you have posted less than 2 times in the past year, you were removed. If I have inadvertantly removed someone that shouldn’t have been, sorry. I have also given moderation privileges to some of the long time users, so that we can control spam threads and the like better. Enjoy! :)

New look, but not quite The New Look

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Posted by:BeGroovy Admin on Monday, 27 Dec, 2004 @ 8:19 PM
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So here you are… due to some circumstances that forced us to move faster than planned on creating the new BeGroovy (is it 4.0 or 5.0? I’ve lost count over the past 6 years), it is not quite finished as far as the asthetics. This was rather a temporary mockup that was pushed through to completion. We have new logo’s and colors we are looking over and debating still. So, the look will likely change as we move along, but the new engine is in place, and commenting should work again now with less spam (Spam Lite? :P ). Also, if you have links to submit for the left column, send them in.

Anyhooos… let’s just call this version BeGroovy 4.0 - and we are still shooting for our own “Maui 4.5″ with a snappier look to it. Enjoy. :)

Begroovy forums are down.

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Posted by:Cougar on Monday, 20 Dec, 2004 @ 11:15 PM

As you can see, due to a PHP bug the Begroovy forums are temporarily down. We are currently working hard to get them back online. We will announce their return once the forums are back online. So until then, bear with us and we apologize for any inconveniences.

Thank you.

UPDATE: We’ve gotten them back online. However, we’ll be migrating to new forums soon, so expect some outages again, except this time planned.


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Posted by:Cougar on Wednesday, 15 Dec, 2004 @ 11:53 AM
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As many of you have noticed, Begroovy has become a resort hot spot for SPAMMERS. Well since it has become very annoying to continuously filter out the junk that’s posted in the comments section of every news article here, we have decided to lockdown the commenting privileges so no more SPAM can be posted.

If Begroovy readers would like to post a comment regarding a specific article, you may do so by posting your comment in the Begroovy forums in the News Discussion section with the title of the news article you are commenting on.

Please note that this is only temporary.

BeOS Eh! Canadian BUG returns.

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Posted by:Cougar on Monday, 13 Dec, 2004 @ 2:07 PM
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I received word that the Canadian BUG BeOS EH! is back online.

Due to some problems, the site has been down for a few months. Now that the site is back up, the BlueEyedOS forum and PhosphurOS forum are back online.

For all those that have links to the Canadian BUG, please change your links with the following new web address: http://beoseh.neo-programmers.net

BeOS Laptop Page has a new look

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Posted by:Cougar on Monday, 29 Nov, 2004 @ 1:40 PM

I noticed yesterday that the BeOS Laptop Page has a different look and a new forum as well, head on over to the site to take a look. ConneX also has plans to add some new features to the site. One of them is to add a list of laptops that are known to not work at all with BeOS/Zeta so that users are aware of them. Another feature that ConneX might add is the ability to rate the laptops that are already listed on the Laptops page. Through this, a top 10 list could be made to allow users to see which laptops work best with BeOS/Zeta based on BeOS user experience.

Thanks goes to all those that have already submitted a laptop they tested or use with BeOS/Zeta. If you haven’t added your laptop, go here to add it to the list and make sure you put as much info as possible regarding your laptop, especially if you had to do something special to get BeOS/Zeta to work on your hardware so that others can benefit from your experience. There is also a section to add PCMCIA devices that work with your BeOS/Zeta laptop as well.

Raycone Software update

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Posted by:Cougar on Monday, 29 Nov, 2004 @ 1:24 PM

IsComputerOn has an update from Raycone software regarding the new discussion forums and the Registered users area which is now open. Go here to read the news from Ales Nedomlel of Raycone.

HaikuNews Interview With Adi Oanca, Part Deux

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Posted by:Cougar on Monday, 29 Nov, 2004 @ 1:19 PM

Chris Simmons posted the second part of the interview with Adi Oanca yesterday over at HaikuNews. If you haven’t read the first part yet, you can find it here.

Pixel32 update

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Posted by:Cougar on Monday, 29 Nov, 2004 @ 12:56 PM

Pavel announced a few days ago that he released and updated version of the RC2 demo for BeOS/Zeta users. The previous build was missing a configuration file that prevented the program from starting if you didn’t install it as an upgrade for RC1. The fixed version also installs the correct shortcuts in the right places. I removed the download link that could be used for wget from the previous update I made. If you downloaded build 423 and have a problem running Pixel32, go to the Pixel32 download page and download the updated 424 build from November 27th.

Interview with Bruno G. Albuquerque

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Posted by:Cougar on Monday, 29 Nov, 2004 @ 12:24 PM

Besol conducted an interview with Bruno G. Albuquerque regarding his work with Zeta and yellowTAB. The interview is in Spanish, so if you want a translated version you can always try using Bablefish or go here for the english translation by Google. The english translation isn’t the greatest, but it gives you an idea of what’s being said.

Zeta Neo Service Pack coming soon

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Posted by:Cougar on Monday, 29 Nov, 2004 @ 12:07 PM

Last week, yellowTAB officially announced that they will be releasing a service pack for Zeta Neo sometime before the end of this month. I guess they should hurry since tomorrow is the last day of the month. At the moment, there isn’t much detail as to what the sevice pack fixes, they only mention that the service pack will fix numerous things and add better support for PPP dial-up and DSL internet connections. The service pack will be made available through download and more details about its contents will be made once the service pack is finished.

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