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3Com 920 driver ported to PPC.

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Posted by:Cougar on Monday, 08 Nov, 2004 @ 10:54 AM
 
Hardware

I noticed this in the Begroovy forums. MYOB posted a topic regarding the new 3Com driver by Patrick Lafarguette. This might interest some BeOS PowerPC users if you haven’t already read his post:

Yet another historic BeOS limitation seems to have been shattered - the 10Mbit barrier for PowerPC network cards.

Patrick Lafarguette, who wrote the Intersil Prism drivers and the 3Com 940 Gigabit ethernet drivers for x86 BeOS has ported his 3Com 920 driver to PPC, and has added support for the 905B chipset to it, one of the most common 100Mbit network cards in existance.

I tried with my 905C-TX card, and its recognised but crashes the network stack on any IP but 192.168.0.1, which is my router and hence not usable… However, this could be an issue with the C revision chipset

So, any other PPC users with 3Com cards, give it a go: http://bebits.com/app/3551

So, if you run BeOS on a PowerPC and have one of the mentioned NICs that this driver supports, then try it out on your PowerPC.



Pixel32-New release coming soon.

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Posted by:Cougar on Sunday, 07 Nov, 2004 @ 11:52 AM
 
Software

A lot of new porgress is being made on the Pixel32 image editing software by Pavel Kanzelsberger. Just recently, he announced that Pixel32 1.0 RC2 will be released very soon. The new release will contain many bug fixes and speed optimizations.

He also announced that based on the results of his last poll (What platform do you use for serious work?), Pixel32 development will be mainly focused on the BeOS/Zeta, Windows and Linux platforms.

Also note, Pixel32 will no longer be published by Secundum Artem, it will be published by Pavel Kanzelsberger.



Stargate SG1 for BeOS Update.

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Posted by:Cougar on Sunday, 07 Nov, 2004 @ 11:31 AM
 
Playin

A new compiled version of Vincent Cedric’s (CKJ) SG1 game for BeOS was released a few days ago over at his webpage. This build allows you to see the current progress made on the game so far. You can download the newest build from the Download section of the site. The game uses SDL, so make sure you have SDL installed in BeOS to be able to run it. You can get the latest build for BeOS from Bebits or install the lastest LibPak also found at Bebits.

The game is not complete, this is a build of what is currently done. The menu interface is functional and the map editor is half done. I played around with it a bit and the menus work very well. I can tell it will be an interesting game once complete. Sreenshots of the menu interface and map editor can be found here at his site.

I am sure Vincent would appreciate some help from anyone who is really willing to contribute to the development of this game. If you have the time and are very interested in offering help, then contact Vincent (CKJ) and let him know.



JLG is back, sort of

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Posted by:Yez on Tuesday, 02 Nov, 2004 @ 11:04 AM
 
Be Inc

Former CEO of Be Inc, Jean-Louis Gassée has moved to a new position at Palmsource. Plamsource has named him the Chairman of the Board according to this report. Our best wishes go out JLG in his new endeavor.



Haiku Booting

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Posted by:Deej on Wednesday, 27 Oct, 2004 @ 8:31 PM
 
Haiku

This just in from the Haiku website - Axel has booted Haiku on real hardware into a console. He also had this to say:

Despite some minor issues (you still don’t see what you type), we can now have a fully functional bash running on our kernel. A lot of other shell commands, even those using our own libbe.so are working, as well.

Still some work to be done, for sure. But still - Way, way… Way cool!



Announcing Zeta Neo

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Posted by:Yez on Monday, 18 Oct, 2004 @ 1:52 PM
 
yellowTab

YellowTab has announced Zeta Neo over at their website. It appears that Neo is supposed to be a temporary release to hold off users until Zeta 1.0 is out. Makes me wonder what the RCs were for but, oh well. Head on over and check it out, maybe it is just what you are looking for in a Zeta. If we get a hold of a copy, we will review it for you so you know what to expect from Neo.



Where’s the Haiku News…

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Posted by:Deej on Tuesday, 21 Sep, 2004 @ 4:45 AM
 
Bits N

Okay, not “Haiku News”, but haikunews.org. I know that it’s on the same server as leBuzz, which is also down (and haikumail, which wasn’t yet public). Thought maybe Chris, Dane, Kancept or someone else in the know might pop in the comments here and let the community know what’s going on, and the expected timeframe of restoral. :) Chris, Dane, Kancept? Anyone?



Soon we will all see the light! Well, at least get a good Flash.

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Posted by:Yez on Tuesday, 14 Sep, 2004 @ 12:12 PM
 
Software

Get ready everyone! A new Flash is coming. That’s right, hard working community member looncraz™ is developing a new Flash player for us. This version of the Macromedia Flash play will be compatible with version 6 and 7 Flash files. Aside from parsing (done by the gplflash library), this player will be BeOS native. An end of October release date is currently planned but this is always subject to change.



A Tidal Wave is Coming to BeOS

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Posted by:Deej on Monday, 06 Sep, 2004 @ 3:30 AM
 
Software

Was following a link from HaikuNews to Bryan Varner’s The Looney Bin about statements about Java on BeOS, and saw his newest post about a possible client to the popular BitTorrent system. Way cool. :) Thanks for your endless hard work Bryan!



New Media Kit News

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Posted by:Deej on Monday, 30 Aug, 2004 @ 8:45 PM
 
Haiku

And back to our regularly scheduled (once a month or so) news posts…

Caught over at IsComputerOn that Marcus has gotten the Haiku Media Kit working with Zeta RC3, and that Marco (not Marcus) is aware of issues with the Media Kit and SoundPlay, and will have SoundPlay working with the new media kit as things stabilize. Good news on that front all around.



BeGroovy Becomes Front Page for BeDoper

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Posted by:Deej on Monday, 30 Aug, 2004 @ 8:39 PM
 
BeDope

Since it seems the only news lately from us is about BeDoper, and since we hold the old content of the original BeDope (Icon Tarot, Haiku Generator, and Quotable JLG), I hereby decree that BeGroovy is now the front end to BeDoper.

In all seriousness (or without all seriousness, depending upon how you look at it), a new article there concerns the birthday greeting (if you can call it that) that Eugenia posted on OS News (note the lack of a link - I’m boycotting OS News’ bias editorial opinion). At least BeDoper can still make me smile after reading Eugenia’s article. Yes, I’m torqued a bit. Thanks BeDope. :)

My PERSONAL Take on OS News and Eugenia - click here -> 



Flame Wars Galore

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Posted by:Deej on Monday, 16 Aug, 2004 @ 5:29 AM
 
BeDope

BeDoper, always up to mischief, has done it again… Go check it out.



NeoMagic Testers Needed!

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Posted by:Deej on Thursday, 05 Aug, 2004 @ 9:02 PM
 
Hardware

Rudolf, the man who made my nVidia-based laptop go into beautiful widescreen under BeOS, needs your help. He writes

I’ve hit some major hardware faults, and I’ve released a new (already old again ;-) version 0.06. (current is 0.09 from the build factory!)… I need people to test the 0.09 CVS driver for me before I can setup the workarounds for the faults that exist!

You can read the full story and help him out.

I know for a fact, from experience, that Rudolf is a very responsive developer, and will do everything he can to get your hardware working properly. But he needs your help and your debug logs to do it!



Boneyard Wireless Tab

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Posted by:Deej on Thursday, 05 Aug, 2004 @ 8:56 PM
 
Hardware

Caught over at IsComputerOn that there is a new add-on for Boneyard out that will help laptop users configuring wireless cards. It adds a tab to Boneyard (the preference panel for BeOS Networking Environment - BONE - users) that takes configuration of a wireless card out of text configs and into the gui. Great news!



Zeta Seeing the Morning Sun

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Posted by:Deej on Wednesday, 04 Aug, 2004 @ 9:34 PM
 
yellowTab

Caught this first over at IsComputerOn - yellowTab has struck partnerships with two Japanese companies to sell desktops and laptops with Zeta preinstalled. Dijoubou-ney. :)



Whispering to your AC97 Soundcard

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Posted by:Deej on Monday, 02 Aug, 2004 @ 3:11 AM
 
yellowTab

yellowTab has made two very interesting announcements of late:

First: A contest to develop a fully functional (ie, record) AC97 soundcard for OSBOS compatible platforms - specifically Zeta and Haiku. There’s money and wares involved as a prize.

Second: A new NetMeeting-like (and compatible) application called Whisper. Voice Over IP (VoIP) will be a nice productivity-centric addition to Zeta’s application compilation to attract new business oriented customers.



Coffee and Dope[r] Don’t Co-Exist

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Posted by:Deej on Monday, 02 Aug, 2004 @ 2:34 AM
 
BeDope

Sandwich Boy is at it again with yet another Dope scoop. Be Warned: beverages, especially late night coffee, are not recommended while reading this one. The response to SCO made me lose my coffee all over. ;)



beunited to be sued by MS and SCO

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Posted by:Deej on Tuesday, 27 Jul, 2004 @ 9:47 PM
 
BeDope

From Double Clicks to Garbage Bin Collected Code - beunited is in for some rocky legal road ahead…. get the straight dope, um, doper, at BeDoper.



Haiku, yT and Zoidberg Sharing

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Posted by:Deej on Monday, 19 Jul, 2004 @ 10:13 PM
 
Haiku

There have been a couple of news bits concerning commits to Haiku’s CVS.

First, François Revol of yellowTab has submitted a patch to bash to the Haiku repository. This is a tremendous show of community support from yT, and they are to be commended so that this trend of sharing code continues between them and the open source camps.

Second, Nathan Whitehorn, on behalf of Dr. Zoidberg Enterprises, are now officially donating nearly 60,000 lines of code for the Mail Daemon Replacement, to the Haiku source repository. If you are on the CVS update list, Nathan warns that you may want to unsubscribe until the check-in is complete. ;)

Third, Tyler Dauwalder released UDF Tools 1.0, for those looking to read UDF formated DVD and CD file systems.

And last, but not least, Rudolf Cornelissen has released 2 very important bits: Haiku AGP busmanager and an update to the Haiku nVidia TNT/GF driver. According to IsComputerOn, using the manager plus the the “fake” driver along with Thomas Kurschel’s ATI Radeon driver finally frees Radeon IGP users from the VESA world.



BeDoper News

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Posted by:Deej on Monday, 19 Jul, 2004 @ 9:54 PM
 
BeDope

I missed the email initially, but here it is, better late than never…

BeDoper has been updated with not one, but two new updates. The second one listed here is sort of an update to the Steve Sakoman article, posted earlier.



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