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New OpenBeOS Newsletter

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Posted by:Ryan on Thursday, 11 Sep, 2003 @ 7:13 AM
 
Submitted News

OpenBeOS has posted a “mega-newsletter” yesterday. Contents include two (count em,) TWO CVS updates, an article about the dev process by DarkWyrm, and a chicken/egg discussion by Michael Phipps, only he replaces the chicken with the OS, and the egg with Applications. Their front page doesn’t update nearly often enough, but when it does, it’s almost always good news (except for that whole foot and knee injury thing, which was just bad all around). In any case, Go read.



OSNews interviews Bernd Korz

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Posted by:Ryan on Wednesday, 10 Sep, 2003 @ 8:55 AM
 
yellowTab

There is an Interview with Benrnd Korz over at OSNews, in which he discusses release dates, change of release strategies (speed vs. features), what has and hasnt been fixed, software updating, and more. It’s quick and brief, but worth a look.



Microsoft Settles with Be, Inc.

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Posted by:Ryan on Friday, 05 Sep, 2003 @ 11:48 PM
 
Be Inc

Microsoft paid Be, Inc. $23,250,000 to avoid going to trial on antitrust violations. Be was destroyed by Microsoft’s antitrust violations. Be sued Microsoft after selling all assets to Palm Inc. Microsoft gave them approximately 1/1739th of their cash reserve to drop their lawsuit. Be accepted, calling the offer fair. Be, Inc. is now completely, utterly, and totally dead, and Dan can move on to other concerns.

Here’s to the future.



Free Banner Services

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Posted by:Deej on Friday, 15 Aug, 2003 @ 12:30 PM
 
BeUnited

Just wanted to put out a little reminder about banners.beunited.org. It’s a free banners service for BeOS related sites hosted by beunited.org. If you have a BeOS related site, or a site that may be of interest to BeOS users, you can put a banner up at no cost. It is _asked_ that you put the banner service somewhere in your web pages (top, bottom, wherever), and you use BeOS friendly banners (no punching monkey javascript, for those of you that remember that incident ;) ). They are screened, and non-BeOS accounts are removed from rotation. There are quite a few people displaying this banner service, but very little in the way of sites promoting themselves through the service. Webmasters - make use of it. Enjoy. :)



Deej’s Rant

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Posted by:Deej on Wednesday, 13 Aug, 2003 @ 5:27 PM
 
OS Wars

Sometimes I think this community just demands too much, expects too much, but contributes so little other than flack. Lately, the community has been fragmenting and infighting way too much to be in a healthy state. Disbelief. Disent among the ranks. The loss of values we once held dear. The ship has sunk. Get over it.

Sometimes I just get in the mood to rant a little bit, and I haven’t ranted in quite a while. Now would be one of those times. :) Take it at face value and with a grain of salt.
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New Linux Based OSBOS System

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Posted by:Ryan on Monday, 04 Aug, 2003 @ 5:21 PM
 
Software

Ok, so I noticed over on the BeFree site, there is a news item up about this post on the BeFree mailing list. The post is to announce that a new os called Rolling is under development. It is based on the linux system architecture, but will follow the BeUnited RFC’s, and will use BeFree as a gui. According to Simon Gauvin of BeUnitedin a followup list post, “this will generate a LOT of discussion among people” - But I haven’t seen any. So maybe it’s time for the discussion to kick in.

What are your thoughts on this new OSBOS?



UDF Anyone?

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Posted by:Ryan on Thursday, 31 Jul, 2003 @ 7:59 AM
 
Codec

Tyler Dauwalder has posted the first version of his read only UDF filesystem to BeBits. UDF is the filesystem used mainly on DVD’s and such, but is also used on various CD’s etc. It’s a pretty important filesystem going forward, and it’s great to have. Currently it supports most commercial (read: pressed) dvds and cds, but not those burned with packet writing software. No information about if it will eventually support the others or not. Fingers crossed.

It seems Tyler created this filesystem as part of OpenBeOS. Their modular design is very very impressive. Tyler, thanks for all your hard work! Keep it up. :)



New BeDrivers Website

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Posted by:Deej on Thursday, 24 Jul, 2003 @ 10:30 AM
 
Hardware

Scottmc wrote in to let us know about the newly redesigned BeDrivers website. He had this to say about it:

The new site is using php and will allow easier updates. This new site was created by Sikosis and he’ll be helping me out keeping things more upto date than in the past. We now have the ability to post stories (probably driver related ones). Also the Most Wanted page will soon have the option to let users enter their “Most Wanted” driver. There’s still work to be done on the new site, such as adding the driver links back in. Hope everyone likes the new look.

Don’t see it yet? Don’t worry, DNS is still propogating for the new site. You will - soon. :)



New nVidia driver in development

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Posted by:Deej on Friday, 18 Jul, 2003 @ 1:39 PM
 
Hardware

Rudolf Cornelissen, the author of the NeoMagic driver we posted about a couple of months ago, has begun work on a new nVidia driver. He had this to say in a post to the BeDriverTalk mailing list:

Currently modesetup is partially working, all cards should be recognized (85!) and the hardcursor is operational.

He also mentions the current status of the NeoMagic video driver by saying:

This driver has full modesetup, hardcursor
and hardware overlay working. Some details have to be sorted out though for most cards, because I don’t own them I am unable to test much here

This is great news for both NeoMagic and nVidia users! I’m sure I speak for everyone when I say “Keep up the great hard work Rudolf!” You can find more information and get the current status on the nVidia driver, as well as download the NeoMagic driver, on his website.



BeZilla and StripZilla

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Posted by:Deej on Friday, 11 Jul, 2003 @ 11:02 AM
 
BeZilla

Paul sent in a request for your support. StripZilla has made some advances and patches in the graphics library that would be extremely useful to BeZilla itself. Paul has a survey up on the BeZilla site and would like your support helping convince StripZilla to merge their code into BeZilla in order to make BeZilla, the official port of Mozilla, that much better and faster. You can read all about it here. Go show your support for a full featured browser running in the best possible way.



BEOS Stock Goes Up !?!

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Posted by:Deej on Monday, 07 Jul, 2003 @ 2:47 PM
 
Be Inc

An interesting note from Jason Christie for all you with supposedly defunct Be stock -

…my BeOS stock has quietly doubled in price recently. It’s at .23, right now. At any rate, it’s gone from $90 worth to $170. I thought it was off the market?

Sure, now that we’ve finally removed the ticker from this site! :P



Cosmoe 0.7rc12 out

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Posted by:Deej on Thursday, 26 Jun, 2003 @ 6:04 PM
 
Cosmoe

Also on beunited.org (see post just below this one), Cosmoe 0.7rc12 is now out, and has included the SDL as the graphics library, which adds a whole new world of functionality to Cosmoe. While not yet an R5 replacement, it’s getting there. Help test, Download it and try it out!



BlueEyedOS Update

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Posted by:Deej on Thursday, 26 Jun, 2003 @ 6:00 PM
 
BlueEyed OS

BeOS Journal caught the news on beunited.org about an update to BlueEyedOS, with an updated font rendering system and a new screen shot.



Connection between BeOS and Iraq discovered

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Posted by:Deej on Thursday, 26 Jun, 2003 @ 5:56 PM
 
BeDope

Check out BeDoper for the recently unclassified details. ;)



BeOS Max hits Sourceforge Top 10

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Posted by:Deej on Wednesday, 25 Jun, 2003 @ 2:28 PM
 
Submitted News

Was over on the OpenBeOS site’s forums, and noticed that BeOS Max Edition has hit the Sourceforge Top 10 Downloads at number 5! Seems a V3 Beta 1 version was released quietly on the 15th of June, and it’s been getting a ton of downloads. Way to go!!!



New OBOS Newsletter

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Posted by:Deej on Monday, 23 Jun, 2003 @ 10:41 AM
 
Submitted News

So, title says it - Go read it!



Why Zeta?

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Posted by:Deej on Tuesday, 17 Jun, 2003 @ 11:42 AM
 
yellowTab

Eugenia sent us a head’s up to a new editorial online at OSNews about Zeta. A “Top Ten” reasons sort of thing. I personally will be buying it 1) to support yellowTab’s efforts, 2) to update my system, and 3) because BeOS remains my most oft booted OS. My favorite quote from the article:

PalmSource has absolutely 0% interest in BeOS. Their “execs don’t even remember they actually own the Be IP” someone in the know told me once.

Knowing how they were when beunited.org tried to get a license, I find it quite fortunate that yellowTab was able to license the code at all and save the OS for the community. Support them! Besides, it’ll be a while before we have an open source offering - and I know you all need an updated OS out there! (Aside the fact that yellowTab has plans to incorporate OSS solutions into Zeta, so it becomes a distro of sorts as time goes on anyways).



Cosmoe 0.7rc3 released!

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Posted by:Ryan on Friday, 13 Jun, 2003 @ 1:17 PM
 
Cosmoe

Cosmoe, the “Compatible Open Source Multi Operating-system Environment” created when Bill Hayden forked the atheos app_server, put it on top of the linux kernel, changed the API to be BeOS-like, and started attaching other api’s like openstep/cocoa, and the linux standards, has a new release. This release, 0.7rc3 is a “close to ready” 0.7 release which has a few more bugs. Most of the work since the last release has been internal, and involved nearly rewriting libcosmoe from scratch based on the openbeos codebase. Yes folks, they are sharing. This is why free software rules.

In any case, go check out the new release if you are so inclined. If it’s good, consider helping out. You can read the complete announcement simply by clicking the read more link. Congratulations Bill!
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WCDesign.com, Changing Email

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Posted by:Deej on Wednesday, 11 Jun, 2003 @ 11:26 AM
 
Bits N

Just want to throw out a couple of small bits…

John Fehr, the man behind WCDesign, Civ:CTP and many other cool games ported to BeOS, has been through some tough times. He is now selling off the last reminant of his ties to BeOS and his legacy there - the wcdesign.com domain name. It is up for auction here. It’s already up to $100USD, so evidently there is some demand for it. So you BeOS collector’s out there can now own a domain with a bit o’ history, if that interests you. Happy bidding - and it’s still for a good cause! :)

Next up… I’ll be changing my email address over the next couple of months. I am getting about a 5-1 ratio of spam to regular traffic on deej@beunited.org now, and that includes mailing list traffic on the side of regular traffic - and I’m on a lot of mailing lists! I’ve used deej@beunited.org for so long, I feel that I can’t just shut it off anymore… so, keep your eye out on my posts and/or replies for the new email address, as I’m not going to post it here (a lot of spam comes from posting to this site - it’s been around for going on 5 years now). Around Aug, deej@beunited.org will start bouncing. Also, you can always get me at my personal email address, which is firstname@lastname.com (of course, changing that to reflect _my_ name). :)



OSNews Reviews yellowTab beta

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Posted by:Ryan on Monday, 02 Jun, 2003 @ 7:33 AM
 
yellowTab

Looks like OSNews got a copy of the yellowTab 5b beta. They have posted what they call a “WORLD EXCLUSIVE” first look at yellowTab. It is a bit more indepth than anything we have seen so far, and does get into functionality and behavior, as it is hands on. Most of the news to this point has been screenshots and second hand accounts of behavior in demos. So it’s definately worth a read.



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