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OSNews Reviews yellowTab beta

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

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.

NeoMagic Drivers in the Works

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Posted by:Deej on Thursday, 22 May, 2003 @ 10:56 AM

In a post over at BeOSJournal’s forums, Rudolf Cornelissen has posted promising news for all you that have emailed me about NeoMagic video drivers (and no, I don’t have them, nor do the SMLynx drivers work). Read more to see his post, and head over to here to volunteer to test.

More news coverage in J-Town

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Posted by:Deej on Wednesday, 14 May, 2003 @ 3:25 PM

Koki has sent us another update from the land of the Rising Sun:

More exposure for BeOS and Zeta in Japan. This time it is MyCOM PCWEB, a web-based publication by Mainichi Communications, that is carrying a two part report on BeOS and Zeta.

Titled “BeOS Returns! Japanese Zeta debut to bring a new wave”, this thorough report very well articulates the evolution of BeOS from the times of Be Inc. through the present status of Zeta being developed by YellowTAB.

Here are links to Part 1 and Part 2. You’ll have to use one of the web-based translation services to get at least the gist of the report, since the articles are in Japanese. Good news to see more news, at the least!

BeOSRadio Seeks Bandwidth Angel

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Posted by:Deej on Monday, 12 May, 2003 @ 1:49 PM

Just in from Dane:

For the past winter and spring, BeOSRADIO has been relayed by a Swedish volunteer who has provided bandwidth, however that opportunity will be ending soon. There’s an immediate need for another volunteer who has a high bandwidth connection and can run our low-overhead relay server on their BeOS machine.

Demands on the person providing the streams are very low. Once in awhile when the relay server runs aground we ask the person to restart it. This might be entirely aleviated by using a simple script to routinely close and restart it. At any rate, the main need we have is a consistently-running BeOS machine on a T1 or better Internet connection. If you can help, please alert Dane Scott, immediately at dane@beosradio.com.

I hope there is someone out there that can keep this great radio station, and BeOS promotive medium, online and well.

Late News from Koki on JPBE.net

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Posted by:Deej on Monday, 12 May, 2003 @ 1:46 PM
Submitted News

Koki sent this in last week, and we missed it. Sorry all.

Today is a very special day for us at JPBE.net. We have word from our members in Japan that UNIX USER magazine (published by SOFTBANK PUBLISHING, the biggest publisher of computer related books and magazines) has hit the shelves and it carries a story on the Japan BeOS Network and the Zeta Technology Preview event that we held in Tokyo last month. The story can be read online here.

Although the article is relatively small, we are the top feature in the “HOT HOT HOT” section of the magazine and we see this as a very important first step towards bringing BeOS back to the public spotlight, something very much needed if we are to make this platform a viable one in the long run.

Although I would normally supply newsbits coming from Japan to one or another english language BeOS news website, this time I thought this news was worth passing to along to everyone. It is so good to see a BeOS related news back in the mainstream media, that we wanted to share our excitement with all the BeOS fans out there. BeOS is slowly but surely coming back. Exciting times lay ahead!

And sorry to Koki for not getting this up as soon as it should have been. Great news nonetheless.

BeBox.nu - not nu as in new.

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Posted by:Deej on Sunday, 04 May, 2003 @ 10:54 PM

Andrew (known throughout the community as “atlamp”) recently wrote in with a request for BeBox owners. He’s “spent a heap of time” on a new version of the The BeBox Zone. Head over and check it out, it’s a great peice of Be history!

And to owners of original BeBoxes… atlamp asks that you spare 5 minutes over at The BeBox Registry and enter the details of your BeBox. atlamp has a great site dedicated to the BeBox, and is on his own personal quest to eventually track down all the remaining BeBoxes in existence. If you have one, please go register it.

WinBe Project now has English mailing list

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Posted by:Deej on Sunday, 04 May, 2003 @ 10:44 PM
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Koki updates us with more info from the J-town side of the world…

As a follow up to the recent news on the WinBe project on BeGroovy.com (WinBe on Sourceforge — May 2, 2003), we wanted to let you know that an English mailing list has been setup to facilitate participation by non-Japanese developers. Those interested can subscribe to the winbe-devel@lists.sourceforge.net mailing list.

Toyoshima-san, the lead developer of the project, encourages those interested to contribute to the project to make use of this mailing list (as opposed to sending private emails). Posts to the mailing list become available to all subscribers, and they also help build a knowledge base for newcomers as well.

We also have word from Toyoshima that one of the first steps being discussed is the translation into English of license information and comments in the codebase.

Now there’s no excuse to not jump in and help. :)

Programming BeOS to be freed?

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Posted by:Ryan on Friday, 02 May, 2003 @ 12:57 PM

Saw over on slashdot that O’Reilly is licensing their stuff through Creative Commons’ Founder’s Copyright program. While this is commendable and an interesting statement for a publisher to make, you may be wondering what this has to do with BeOS. Well, a commons helps everyone, including us Be users. How so? Well, O’Reilly is also freeing all the out of print books on this list, pending author approval. So, assuming Dan Parks Sydow says yes, O’Reilly’s definitive “Programming the Be Operating System” will become a free as in freedom resource. Which means that we will have a strong foundation in developer documentation to build on for future OSBOS releases. All in all, some potentially great news. :)

Why is this under “BeUnited”? Because I really don’t have a better category yet. ;)

WinBe on Sourceforge

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Posted by:Ryan on Friday, 02 May, 2003 @ 7:21 AM
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WinBe, a project designed to provide a Windows execution environment under BeOS, is now back on track after being inactive for almost two years. According to Toyoshima, the lead developer of this project, the sources of WinBe are now on sourceforge.net and can be
accessed via CVS.

WinBe intends to provide an execution environment for Windows applications under BeOS in much the same way that the WINE project does. So instead of being an emulator, WinBe will implement KERNEL32.dll, USER32.dll, GDI32.dll and other Windows libraries under BeOS, so that applications can load Windows DLLs like addons using the libld_dll.so library.

Although the project has been inactive for quite some time now, Toyoshima reports that some games can be executed, and that a lot of DLLs that do not require a GUI are available.

Needless to say, Toyoshima could use some help from other BeOS developers. To help overcome the language barrier, JPBE.net volunteers to act as the initial contact point for those English speaking coders that would like to participate in this project. If you are interested, please write to koki@jpbe.net.

Editors Note: This exclusive BeGroovy update from the Japanese BeOS community was submitted verbatim by Koki of JPBE.net. We are working together to unite the American/European and Japanese BeOS communities simply through better communications. Koki has been going to to great lengths at this, and is making amazing progress in opening both communities to each other. If you can help Toyoshima out with this project, or can help out with anything else you hear about from the Japanese community, please don’t hesitate. Not only will you be helping a great project, but you will also be bridging a historically large gap in the community. Thanks to Koki for the great news!

New OpenBeOS Newsletter

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Posted by:Ryan on Wednesday, 30 Apr, 2003 @ 11:14 PM

Short and sweet: OpenBeOS has launched the latest newsletter. It’s a 2/3 edition with two articles - the second half of the ongoing JAM tutorial, and another “killer app” editorial by Michael. Worth a read.

BeBox Anew

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Posted by:Deej on Monday, 28 Apr, 2003 @ 2:41 PM
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Well, sortof. As Nicholas Blachford, famed BeOS audio developer of old, put it, “Be goes home”. Below is his statement that went out to the BeLoud mailing list (What?! You don’t remember the BeLoud mailing list? Shame on you!).

The summary of his post is that it is now official, there will be a port of OpenBeOS running on the Pegasos PPC motherboards! Read More for Nicholas’ post.

I still own my dual 133 BeBox, and while it hasn’t been booted in quite some time, I think it’s very exciting to see BeOS’s return to PPC. I have been keeping a close eye on Genesi and Pegasos, especially after finding out Nicholas was involved. With OpenBeOS running on that platform, it will likely end up being the second PPC box I’ve owned - however, I want dual G4’s with blinkenlights, and nothing less! Nicholas? :P

yellowTab Japan Zeta Tech Preview

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Posted by:Ryan on Monday, 21 Apr, 2003 @ 7:18 PM

JPBE.net has released the video images taken at the “Zeta Technology Preview in Tokyo” held last Saturday April 20. The event was held in front of an audience that included developers, resellers and representatives of the Japanese media, including DOS/V Magazine, UNIX USER magazine, Software Design Magazine and Linux Magazine. We expect coverage of the event at the upcoming issues of these publications, and probably others.

JPBE.net is working on a review that they will post later this week. Koki from JPBE.net was kind enough to offer BeGroovy an english translation of the article when it goes online. So look forward to reading a first hand account of the Zeta demo in Japan in the coming days here at BeGroovy, thanks to the generosity of our fellow Be’ers over in Japan. In the meantime, as Koki so eloquently puts it, “one picture is worth more than a thousand words”, so read on for some videos to enjoy until then.

yellowTab heading towards Rising Sun

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Posted by:Deej on Monday, 14 Apr, 2003 @ 2:02 PM

As on the yellowTab website today…

Organized by the Japan BeOS Network with the cooperation of DOS/V Magazine of SoftBank Publishing, YellowTAB is pleased to announce a Zeta Technology Preview event to be held in Tokyo, Japan, on April 19. At this event, CTO Bernd Korz will demostrate the long-awaited Zeta, YellowTAB’s next generation BeOS operating system.

Head over to yellowTab’s site to read more!

I, for one, can’t wait to hear about it! Anyone out there in J-town that is attending want to submit a “mini-review” for us to post?

BlueEyed OS Updates

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Posted by:Ryan on Monday, 14 Apr, 2003 @ 1:41 PM
BlueEyed OS

BlueEyed OS has updated their site with a whole new look, and seemingly more content. In fact, according to their news page, they have a new iso on the way based on Knoppix which includes the latest version of their app server and such. It should be online as soon as they find hosting, followed closely by individual components. Hey guys - ibiblio.org is great and free hosting if you ever decide to free your project. In the meantime, keep up the interesting, if rather confidential, work.


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Posted by:Deej on Friday, 04 Apr, 2003 @ 2:17 PM
BlueEyed OS

According to some news recently posted to BeForever, B.E.OS (BlueEyedOS) will release a _version_ Real Soon Now (should be released in about 8 days, if the postings are correct). It is not an alpha or beta version (just a release to let people toy with), but it will autoconfigure hardware, run at 1024×768 res, and it will allow everyone to play with the B.E.OS window managing system. Should be a fun ride. :)

Emulated Updates

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Posted by:Deej on Thursday, 03 Apr, 2003 @ 4:37 PM

BeEmulated posted a couple of updates right around the “April Fool’s Outage” timeframe that some of you may have missed. First, there’s a new update to BeS9x out with fixes to the full-screen code, among other things. My kids are probably Caz’s greatest fans, Kirby, Zelda, and several other ROMs that have become their favorite PC games now. And, as if that wasn’t enough, a new version of DOSBox is out there, with some pretty hefty fixes and additions related to sound. I actually watched Serpentor playing some old DOS classics in BeOS the other day, and was really impressed with DOSBox’s capabilities thus far.


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Posted by:Ryan on Wednesday, 02 Apr, 2003 @ 11:39 AM
Site News

Once again, we are back from the dead. Domains are still resolving (i.e. the forums are down as I write this) and tweaks are still happening (i.e. i just fixed the haiku generator)…. but overall, BeGroovy is back on the air.

Our old dedicated server crashed and burned in a pretty spectacular manner… not only was it having hardware instability issues, but it was also hacked to the point that the kernel itself contained script kiddie security holes. It has since been fired. We now have a new host, Rackspace, who pride themselves on fanatical support and server security, etc. This means that the site should load faster, and be down far far far far far less than it has been over the past year. It’s not cheap, but having a 24/7 phone hotline to get problems solved instantly is worth every penny.

On another note, the long awaited forum merge between here and synapselounge is still underway. The lounge now has several new (and hidden) forums prepared to house content from this location, and the algorithms to merge the id tables are being written. Our first crack at it went well, but had some data leaks. We will keep testing until we get it right and won’t lose a single bit of the data we have collected over the years. Then we will do it for real. Until then, things on the begroovy forums will be business as usual.

In any case, thanks for bearing with us while we experienced our growing pains (or shrinking pains, as the case may be.) I will be contacting all our new contributors to give them the updated secure server sign in to post, so we can get the news flow ramping up around here. :)

BeGeistert 10 information

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Posted by:Todd on Monday, 17 Mar, 2003 @ 2:53 PM
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Some information about the next BeGeistert has popped up on the web in the last few days. The most important information is that the location of the gathering has changed. It will be held at the Düsseldorf Youth Hostel, near the center of Düsseldorf, on the banks of the Rhine. This means an end to the pizza and the introduction of a lunch buffet. It also means that anyone wanting to go will need to register further in advance than previously. Go to the BeGeistert website to register. Registration will cost €20, plus an extra €26 or so if you plan on staying overnight. There is more complete information over at The BeOS Journal (the .org one, not the .net one) and at a seemingly no longer defunct BeFAQs. Good to see BeGirl decided to come back to play some more.

OpenBeOS Updates

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Posted by:Ryan on Sunday, 09 Mar, 2003 @ 12:34 PM

Well, after a long absense of news, OpenBeOS has posted a few new updates. These include a new newsletter, a midikit milestone, and another appearance my Michael Phipps on internet radio, scheduled for right now. Read on for details..

yellowTab news

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Posted by:Todd on Thursday, 06 Mar, 2003 @ 9:51 PM

A couple of interesting pieces of news from yellowTab. First, they are going to be at CeBIT, “the world’s largest IT and telecommunications fair.” This is sure to bring lots of exposure to the Zeta project. The second bit of news is that they are planning on publishing a “Zeta Bible.” The expected cost is going to be $49.00.

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