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BeDoper News

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

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.

Haikumail Anyone?

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Posted by:Deej on Tuesday, 13 Jul, 2004 @ 2:20 AM

Just so everyone knows, there will be a haikumail.com/net/org mail server for use. With Haiku, Inc’s IRS approval, everything should be in line shortly. What it will be is if you make a yearly donation to Haiku of a certain amount (likely a $10USD/year minimum donation), you will be offered one of these accounts. Accordingly, the need to wait for Haiku, Inc. to have their donation system in line is a requirement to activate. Shortly after that happens, BeGroovy will post information on how to get a haikumail email account or forwarding address.

I’d also like to note, this is not a function related to BeGroovy. It is not a BeGroovy service or a show of specific support for Haiku. We intend to remain OSBOS platform neutral at BeGroovy. This is only something that _I_, not BeGroovy, saw a need to facilitate to get started for the post-BeOS community, replacing the once popular bemail.org service that BeGroovy once supported. So I facilitated, and now others have stepped up to the plate to bring the idea to full bloom. It wasn’t even my idea initially (creds go to m.madia for that). ;)


Wanted: Mail Servers

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Posted by:Deej on Monday, 05 Jul, 2004 @ 9:26 PM

I noticed a post on the OpenBeOS [now Haiku] mailing list where there might be some interest in @somethingHaiku email addresses.

I have looked into this before, and would be willing to set something up again, if there’s enough interest. I’ve previously done the math, and it’s not hard/expensive for small account sizes. The accounts won’t be big like yahoo or google, but I can give a minimum of 1mb accounts (POP), and email forwarding services at a very cheap price.

I would need a minimum of 20 people to pay for email (Webmail/POP) accounts (very reasonable yearly fees), or a whole lot of people interested in forwarding addresses at a lower yearly fee, to break even on server costs. Given enough interest, this could allow for any extra money to be donated to the Haiku organization.

If anyone is interested in this, email me (use a descriptive subject so it doesn’t get tossed with spam - put “I want email” in the subject or something). If I hit the 20 person mark (19, actually, I obviously would get one), then I will set up the mail server account and get a domain name.

Evil OS, Cosmic Occurances, Clues and Coffee Sharing

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Posted by:Deej on Monday, 05 Jul, 2004 @ 9:03 PM
Bits N

Just some bits n pieces from around:

BeDoper has uncovered the truth about the evil plans behind the OS we have all come to know and love. Check it out!

IsComputerOn caught some Cosmoe news concerning integration with Haiku’s appserver. Good to see Cosmoe still progressing forward!

beunited.org also posted the news on Cosmoe, as well as a progress update on another OSBOS project, BeFree, with a new site look and a new version of their Neptune API.

beunited.org also announced new additions to the developer portal, Clue and Javashare, donated by Jeff Braun and Bryan Varner respectively. I also have it on good word that restart_daemon, written by ex-Be employee Raymond Rodgers, will be added RSN.

Being Groovy

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Posted by:Deej on Wednesday, 30 Jun, 2004 @ 11:13 PM
Site News

Okay, so altp pulled some stats for me (I didn’t even know this was hosted by him!) - averaging 1,126 visits a day. That’s enough to tell me that we need to stick it out. :) I had thought we were less than 100, judging by the forum activity, but it appears I was just being doomy and gloomy. ;)

Also, Allnew appears from the ether to help with a redesign. For those that do not know, Allnew (aka Adam Olson) was one of the founders of BeGroovy, and has done pretty much all the graphics you have seen here over the various iterations of BeGroovy (minus that ugly blue and gold one I did in 1.0 that still shows up on BeBits once in a while).

So, at any rate, we’ll stay on the server we are on, taking our time to migrate whatever it is we need to move over to a newly designed site, and TRY to kick things in gear here again.

That all said, any volunteers with coding a new version of the site, or after completion, news posting, article writing, and/or forum moderation - or if you just have an idea or comment on new/current features, email me!

To Be[Groovy] Or Not To Be[Groovy]…

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Posted by:Deej on Tuesday, 29 Jun, 2004 @ 2:46 AM
Site News

Okay, so here’s a topic that always ends up hot…

With the name change to Haiku, does BeGroovy change it’s name and start anew?

On one hand, BeGroovy has long been there for news and chat, as slow as things have been lately, we are still here. BeGroovy was a name chosen with a unthought about side benefit - it can be used in many a situation, and didn’t explicitly rely on Be in the name of the OS it supported.

But then, Haiku brings a new era to the BeOS community. It reeks of old, classic Be, yet is fresh as a spring breeze through the community. A site should move from it’s past and be re-invigorated with this new life, even at the expense of the old.

However, with Haiku’s new forums, and with the other news sites out there - and the lack posts to these forums and lack of enthusiasm to post news here - we haven’t gotten a single news submission in over a year - it’s all what we find and post, and we don’t post duplicate news unless specifically important.

Now, our server has only 1 month of life left. Yez and I need to move the entire site to a new server somewhere else, which will include a lot of re-coding and exporting/importing data - a lot of time that I’m not sure we have to commit to the task. Or we pay for the server and just leave things as is, at a loss to us (money for the ‘extra’ server), but we can keep the data intact as is.

Just starting anew or calling it done is more tempting with that upcoming task or the extra costs in mind.

It seems BeGroovy is now at a fork in the road. One path must be chosen, and the decision must be made soon. Which road to take? I leave that to you…

So, vote awayPost your thoughts

Want some Haiku?

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Posted by:Deej on Wednesday, 23 Jun, 2004 @ 9:40 PM
Art / Image

So, it’s not altogether coherent, but fitting and fun. The Genuine Haiku Generator. Enjoy.

Edit: Decided to add one of my own in tribute to the new logo…

three leaves - green, orange, gold
float gracefully, poetic
simply said: Haiku

The Haiku OS website is up

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Posted by:Yez on Tuesday, 22 Jun, 2004 @ 4:57 PM
General News

For those of you that are interested, the new version of the Haiku webiste is now up and running here. Personally, I really like the elegance of the logo. It certainly helps that the whole site is VERY well done and a pleasure to peruse! Congratulations Haiku Inc.

Elvis has left the building

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Posted by:Deej on Sunday, 20 Jun, 2004 @ 8:35 PM

In a very fitting end to WalterCon…

Elvis spotted near WalterCon, chauffered away by his 9 year old grandson!

7 of the remaining attendants were at Chi Chi’s for dinner. On our way out, Elvis walked out wearing a sleeve-less blue plaid flannel. His hair hasn’t changed at all over the years, although his face has aged and he has put on a little weight.

He walked out, and an old oldsmobile drove up and he got in the car - driven by what couldn’t have been more than a 9 year old boy!

He didn’t respond to questions, and when asked what his opinion on the name Haiku, he stated “I’m all shook up”.

Well, okay, up until that last paragragh is true. :)

It was a great time, and I think we’ve all made some lifelong friends. :) I look forward to see everyone again next year sportin’ their spankin’ new Haiku laptops!


Java running on BeOS (also Haiku soon)

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Posted by:Yez on Saturday, 19 Jun, 2004 @ 9:35 AM

Bryan Varner and Andrew Bachmann demonstated Java running on BeOS! After lots of hard work, the beunited based development team has a working version of Java that runs on BeOS. The foundation is all in place and only the top, presentation layer of the implementation needs to be finished up before it is released to the community.

beunited talking at WalterCon 2004

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Posted by:Yez on Saturday, 19 Jun, 2004 @ 9:12 AM

Simon Gauvin took time to talk about the role of beunited in the support of Haiku and the Haiku community. Developing standards, helping support application development, and being one of the distribution arms of Haiku are the goals of beunited.

WalterCon 2004 announces OBOS new name

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Posted by:Yez on Saturday, 19 Jun, 2004 @ 8:51 AM
OS Wars

With the start of WalterCon 2004 comes the new name for OBOS, Haiku. Too late for complaining, the t-shirts have been made. A URL to the images will be posted in the comments shortly.

USB Mass Storage for BeOS

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Posted by:Yez on Monday, 07 Jun, 2004 @ 8:30 AM

So, you want to use that USB cool pendrive you got for your birthday with BeOS. In the past you could not but that has changed. Syarzhuk Zharski has been working hard to bring USB mass storage support to BeOS and now you can enjoy the fruits of his labors.Head on over to http://www.bebits.com/app/3889 and try the driver out. We have not had a chance to test the driver out for ourselves but will let you know our results in the comments once we do use it. Enjoy!

New BeOS Website

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Posted by:Yez on Friday, 21 May, 2004 @ 1:53 PM

BeGroovy would like to wish Team Maui a heartfelt “Welcome!” Technically, the team members are not new to BeOS and Zeta but the team itself is. Here’s hoping they accomplish their mission “creating killer apps for BeOS + Zeta!” Here’s also hoping Team Maui comes up with an English version of their site as well, so us silly English speakin’ folks know what they are up to. ;-)

BeZilla Tinderbox Finances

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Posted by:Ryan on Sunday, 16 May, 2004 @ 10:39 AM

Every great OS needs a great browser. BeOS had NetPositive, which pretty much has become a relic. You can see how it’s simple interface has influenced everything that has come out since, but it’s rendering engine just never kept up. Since then, the browser de jour has gone from Opera to Mozilla to Firefox. The interesting thing there is that the last two on the list, and the current browser of choice, are both developed by the BeZilla project.

Edward Dore, of the BeZilla project, sent me a request to post an article here talking about the new tinderbox and the continued need for funding. A tinderbox is a computer that constantly builds the code and checks for errors, etc. This allows immediate response to new code and a check to see if anything has broken. It also allows for simple nightly builds. Seems like a great cause.. contribute if you can. There is a paypal button in this letter, so you should be able to contribute directly to the project. It has nothing to do with us, and goes directly to Edward and the BeZilla project. We have included it for your convenience. Please “Read More” for the entierety of the letter.


OpenBeOS Newsletter

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Posted by:Jon on Monday, 10 May, 2004 @ 6:10 PM

More news on the up coming WalterCon in issue 53 of the OpenBeOS newsletter, including a free T-shirt for those attending. The event is shaping up to be pretty interesting. In other news, the newsletter includes an article on replicants and a community communication piece. Head on over to OpenBeOS and give it a read.

Open Tracker Now Compiles on BlueEyed OS

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Posted by:Jon on Tuesday, 04 May, 2004 @ 7:32 PM
BlueEyed OS

BlueEyed OS reported on their website that OpenTracker now compiles and links. The first compiled version only ran for about one second before crashing due to a storage kit issue, never the less this is a huge milestone. Congratulations to the BlueEyed OS team.


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Posted by:Jon on Monday, 03 May, 2004 @ 7:47 AM

Just released Version 2 beta 1 of BeOS LiveCD(XBEOX) contains the BeOS 5 Personal Edition with some extra drivers. It’s the first BeOS live CD since the 4.5 days in 1999. The LiveCD includes the “Installer” application so users can install the full BeOS PE on its own hard drive partition if needed. You can download the beta at Bebits.com.

OpenBeOS x86 Boot Loader Milestone

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Posted by:Jon on Wednesday, 21 Apr, 2004 @ 12:12 PM

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.

Opera Signature Campaign

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Posted by:Jon on Sunday, 18 Apr, 2004 @ 10:14 AM
Submitted News

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:

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