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Steinberg opens source to VSTGUI 2.3 and Xentronix is there.

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Posted by:Todd on Tuesday, 25 Feb, 2003 @ 1:55 AM
 
Software

Blatantly stealing this story from The BeOS Journal, Steinberg has announced that they will be opening the source code to VSTGUI 2.3 and all later versions. VSTGUI is what allows various VST plug-ins to have a consistent interface across multiple platforms. Xentronix will be porting VSTGUI to BeOS/Zeta/OBOS/Etc. as part of their on going efforts to expand and update the available VST plug-ins available for BeOS. In related news, Xentronix has just released a new VSTi plug-in, the ZR3 Synth, which recreates some of the vintage sounds of electric drawbar organs. You can find more information on both over at Xentronix’s website.



Yet Another Call for Authors

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Posted by:Ryan on Thursday, 20 Feb, 2003 @ 3:36 PM
 
Site News

Right. So I know that in the past I issued a call for authors to help liven the site up, and ended up not really doing anything with the surprising number of responses I got. I apologize to all of you who offered to help for my lack of response. The issue was that there was no real security on the admin interface, and I didn’t have time to code it in place like I had planned.

Since the redesign and redeployment on movabletype, the admin side is much more robust, and it seems an appropriate time to re-invite you to join up. If you are interested in posting news to BeGroovy, and helping to keep the site fresh, please email me at nutcase@begroovy.com with the following information:

I am going to be pretty open about signing people up, and will then remove people that don’t seem to fit. Seems like a more interesting way to do it.

So, if you previously wanted to help, and are still interested, we are ready for you. Let us know!



Sample Studio open sourced

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Posted by:Ryan on Tuesday, 11 Feb, 2003 @ 1:42 PM
 
Software

In what ultimately amounts to a mixed fate, Sample Studio by Xentronix has been open sourced, after community members paid a $250 source release fee. This was done because Xentronix no longer has time to continue work on the product, and didn’t want it to just become abandonware.

So, the downside is that Sample Studio, a potentially great audio editing app for BeOS, has seen it’s core developers stop development. The upside is that it is now free software, so it has potential to grow quickly if new developers pick it up.



OpenBeOS Newsletter Online

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Posted by:Deej on Thursday, 06 Feb, 2003 @ 12:47 AM
 
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And on time. (available here) The new editor, Kevin Field, gives a nice, down to earth, “Hello” and talks about how to donate time in little chuncks. Jacques Lema gives a sermon about communities - Amen (and what about that part about no company making money from support - there went my business plans :P ). Michael talks about - let me put it in Star Wars terms - “Nice shootin’ kid. Don’t get cocky.” Aside that, he also preaches, the telemarketer ramble of Suicidal Tendencies (the heavy rock band) - “Send me your money.” But at least this faith can be tangible. :P

It’s not a technical newsletter this time, and hey, it’s without me… :P But it is uplifting, and it is a call for help. When I announced my intentions to leave the OpenBeOS staff, I was amazed at how many people came out of the wood-work to volunteer. More of that is needed. Ideas are needed. We are getting the spotlights and stage lined up, but we still have to rehearse for the real show. Go volunteer, and if you can’t - go pay your tithings. :D



OpenBeOS in the Wall Street Journal

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Posted by:Deej on Wednesday, 05 Feb, 2003 @ 9:45 PM
 
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Michael Phipps of OpenBeOS was interviewed today in the Wall Street Journal Online. What is cool about this is not only the amazing marketing potential of the WSJ, but also that Eric Raymond, world reknown for his leadership role in the Open Source movements, comments on BeOS, stating that it’s architecture is alluring. Eyes from high places are watching OpenBeOS, that is for sure.

Registration is required for access to the article, and it would be copyright infringement to link to it directly or repost it here, so you can either go to OSNews where it was first posted, and you might find a link in their comments, hit BeShare and see if anyone has it, or register for WSJ Online.



Brief outage

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Posted by:Ryan on Saturday, 01 Feb, 2003 @ 4:55 PM
 
Site News

Apologies for the hopefully brief outage last night. I just noticed that the server was down today, and Site5 got it up and running within 5 minutes.

The issue is a remnant of our last major outage, in which one of our hard disks failed, and we crammed it all on the other disk. This means some very important parts of our disk are almost full. We are looking into pricing for replacing the initial hard disk so that we can spread things out and stabilize them, etc… it will happen as soon as we can afford it regardless, but if anyone wants to help us out so we can get it done sooner, it would be appreciated. email me if you want to help or whatever.

Anyway, we will try to stay on top of these things. All services should be up and functioning properly, including bemail which essentially is good to go for 3 more years (at least), provided we can get some server stability. :-/

Anyway, apologies for the outage. Hopefully it won’t happen again.



BeDope’s narrow non-return

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Posted by:Ryan on Wednesday, 29 Jan, 2003 @ 10:07 AM
 
BeDope

So it seems Mike Popovic isn’t quite as missing as we thought. He used to run BeDope, but that ended quite a while back when it bought AOL Time Warner, forming BeDope AOL Time Warner, or when Mike got bored. Whichever is more likely.

In any case, it seems that he is still doing BeDope like things, but on a slightly smaller scale. Things such as HipShake, a site developed for the HipTop, which in turn was developed by Danger, where it’s email component was developed by Kenny Carruthers, who previously developed Postmaster (get it free as binary here; opensourcing it never happened) for BeOS. Whew!

Anyway, HipShake looks like fun. It hasn’t been updated in over a month, but hey… for a while there, neither had we. Maybe this will motivate Mike to pick it up again. Oh, and he has a note on the BeDope frontpage about a new project. (Hint: Look at the top of the right column). Finally, if you miss the original BeDope, why not check out BeDoper or Twisted Thread, both pretty darned good attempts at keeping the spirit alive.



New OpenBeOS PCL5 Printer Driver

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Posted by:Ryan on Wednesday, 29 Jan, 2003 @ 9:05 AM
 
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Michael Pfeiffer, OpenBeOS Printing Kit lead, has released a PCL5 compatible printer driver based on Y.Takagi’s libprint, which is in the OBOS cvs servers. Apparently this made it easy to write raster print drivers, and to prove it Michael whipped this one up.

The PCL5 compatible driver powers many popular printers (such as HP Deskjets), and is available in an early form for download and testing here. If you are feeling fancy, you could follow these directions to build from source.



OpenBeOS app_server updates

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Posted by:Ryan on Tuesday, 28 Jan, 2003 @ 2:15 PM
 
Software

So DarkWyrm has been pretty busy lately with his work on the OpenBeOS app_server. For those of you who don’t know, the app_server is the part of beos that controls all the window rendering, the mouse cursors, and all the general things that let you view and interact with windows, buttons, etc.

Anyway, DarkWyrm maintains a site where he posts news on his progress. Recently he announced that his implementation has a new cursor manager (custom systemwide cursors anyone?), added patches from David Chester to enhance the FreeType 2 rendering, and he posted a mockup of the OBOS R1 app_server look.

DarkWyrm stays very busy with this, and everyone benefits from his hard work. Thanks!



BeMail.org on it’s way back

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Posted by:Ryan on Tuesday, 28 Jan, 2003 @ 2:09 PM
 
Site News

Right… So by now all of you who use (or used) BeMail have noticed it’s down. Turns out that the domain expired a little while back, and the notification was sent to some old contact information.

Several people noticed and sent me an email, and one even went so far as to track me down on the phone (which I am afraid I didnt handle with too much grace as I was in a bit of shock.)

One “anonymous donor” went ahead and renewed the domain for 3 years, so it should be back as soon as DNS propagates. I will keep an eye on it and make sure it works. We are going to do everything we can to stabilize and be more active in the mainanence of bemail. It’s a pretty useful thing, and we are sorry for the hiccups.



The Last OpenBeOS Newsletter

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Posted by:Deej on Thursday, 23 Jan, 2003 @ 12:05 AM
 
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Hehe, I just can’t get over that title - I kill myself… :P

Ahem. Sorry…

The newest, and not last, newsletter for OpenBeOS is online. So why is “Last” even in the headline? The last with me as the editor. Head on over to the OpenBeOS website to read it.

…Hehe, I kill myself… :P [wipes single tear from eye]



John Fehr’s Be stuff

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Posted by:Deej on Thursday, 23 Jan, 2003 @ 12:02 AM
 
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While Be stuff on auction is not normally something that deserves it’s own news item (I didn’t even do it for my own auction for my webtablets) - I do this not only out of deep respect, but also for a good friend who lost a great deal because of his strong belief in BeOS.

John Fehr, CEO of the former WildCard Design, is auctioning off all his Be goods on ebay.

WildCard Design brought to the BeOS platform (and put us on the gaming map) two reknowned games - Civilization:Call To Power, and Eric’s Ultimate Solitare, among others. He was always a great source of inspiration, and his losses he took from WildCard Design are still haunting him.

If you’ve been looking for Be stuff, keep an eye on the eBay user “jfehr67″, as he will be auctioning nearly all his BeOS goods, including BeOS Master shirts, DR8 up to R5 CD’s, and more. You might be able to help him out still. :)

And, again, John, good luck where the post-BeOS world takes you!



BeOSUpdate being Updated

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Posted by:Deej on Wednesday, 22 Jan, 2003 @ 11:53 PM
 
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Daniel André sent in word that the beosupdate team is at it again coding away on beosupdate v2, which you can read a bit more about at the site - beosupdate.beunited.org.

He also noted that the url might change in the future, as beunited plans to move all non-beunited related subpages to the neo-programmers.com domain.



BeGroovy 3.0 Arrives

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Posted by:Ryan on Tuesday, 21 Jan, 2003 @ 11:59 PM
 
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Well, after a long period of decay, it was time to rejuvinate BeGroovy yet again. Thus, I present BeGroovy 3.0. The last redesign took place back in November 2000, after 1.0 was lost in a server crash. All contents since then have been imported into our new cms (movable type), and things should progress smoothly.

What you are currently seeing is simply phase 1 of a larger plan involving BeGroovy, and Dreamcatcher Industrial, our newly named development group. ‘Course, it’s really still just Deej, AllNew, Myself and a few new guys.

In the next week or two we will be merging the BeGroovy forums into the forums at synapse lounge. This means all the posts, post counts, users, etc will transfer intact. nothing will be lost. this will entail some downtime, but will be worth it.

Until then, enjoy the new BeGroovy. Hopefully this new site design will serve as a good foundation for reporting on all the new BeOS contenders out there - all of which are getting to the point of being very promising. We plan on tracking all of them to see which (if any) emerges victorious.



XMAME, StarWars, and fake postings

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Posted by:Deej on Thursday, 16 Jan, 2003 @ 9:55 PM
 
Bits N

BeEmulated has a posting and a link up about a new version of XMAME that’s out. It’s an older posting, but thought you all’d like to know about it. I know there’s nothing better than playing PacMan on BeOS, well, except maybe MsPacMan! :P

Also, in the “not-related-to-BeOS-at-all” news. The Star Wars Insider newsletter announced that the confirmed release date of Star Wars Galaxies will be April 15th of this year. Way Cool! Wish I’d have enough time to play it often, but alas, I most likely won’t. :(

And finally, the post about Nigeria money, it was a BeDope-esque post. It was a JOKE! Read the original posting in the “Read More” link. I thought it was in good humor, and had enough elements that it would never be able to be taken seriously, and then I included the “Read More” link that would help even more to that end. But I’ve gotten several email’s about it from people that were trying to warn beunited about it! Thank you so kindly for the concern to try to stop a bad thing from happening, but…

IT IS NOT REAL PEOPLE!!!!

Hope that clears things up. Sit back, relax, and Enjoy! :) -Deej



And speaking of BeDope and resurrected sites…

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Posted by:Deej on Wednesday, 15 Jan, 2003 @ 8:34 PM
 
BeDope

Earlier we posted that BeForever had posted. Then I, no, not I, _binky_ posted a BeDope-esqe item. It was brought to my attention (mad props to Travis) BeDoper, the mindchild of the former BeDope, has also recently been updated - an interview with JLG.

And guess what? JLG is into construction (and destruction) these days! :P

Enjoy!



beunited is offered money from Nigeria!

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Posted by:Deej on Tuesday, 14 Jan, 2003 @ 8:54 PM
 
BeUnited

In a leaked correspondence from beunited.org, BeGroovy reporters have discovered that beunited.org has entered into negotiations with high ranking persons from Nigeria in an effort to bring money into the community. The leaked document references 22.5 Million USD, but there are rumors that this amount could be as high as 126 Million.

Donovan Schulteis, Chairman and Founder of beunited.org sent BeGroovy.com a formal request to remove the document from our site, but we are ignoring it, as we believe Donovan (AKA Deej) to have recently suffered from a mental disease and do not trust that he is talking as his alternate personality or not.

Read More for an exerpt of the document and the original article posting from BeGroovy.

UPDATE:BeGroovy now has it on good word that negotiations have begun with high level people in Congo as well.
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BeForever Forever

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Posted by:Deej on Monday, 13 Jan, 2003 @ 4:44 PM
 
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Well, in the first post in almost three months, BeForever is proving just that, and refusing to go down in flames! :D I’m not sure who is in charge over there anymore, or who it was that posted the news bit up there, but I sure hope it’s Ted! ;) Welcome back guys!



BePascal moves forward

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Posted by:Deej on Monday, 13 Jan, 2003 @ 4:26 PM
 
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The BeOS Journal has the word on BePascal, a Free Pascal Compiler (FPC) port to BeOS. Seems this port continues to move along well. Hit the BeOS Journal to read all about it!



New Zeta Screenshots

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Posted by:Deej on Monday, 13 Jan, 2003 @ 4:16 PM
 
Software

OSNews has the scoop and some new screenshots concerning yellowTab’s Zeta. Some of the juicy bits are a shell script to enhance multiplatform BeOS development (R4, R5, Zeta, OpenBeOS, etc.) and a Personal Organizer type of application. The most interesting tidbit, IMHO, is the FaxIt Tracker add-on - something I remember people asking for back in ‘98! :D



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