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New Zeta Screenshots

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

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

OpenBeOS binary compatibility proved

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Posted by:Deej on Monday, 13 Jan, 2003 @ 4:10 PM

If you haven’t seen already, Axel posted to the OpenBeOS website that, for the first time, a BeOS compiled application has been run on OpenBeOS! Granted it was a simple app, but it proves that binary compatibility can be achieved. Now they can test compatibility by running actual apps! This is a HUGE step forward, and we look forward to much, much more - so long as we can keep Axel locked in that basement without police intervention. :)

Back Online, Back In Action

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Posted by:Deej on Wednesday, 08 Jan, 2003 @ 5:47 PM
Site News

Okay, we had a pretty extended outage there. Sorry all. It was due to a hard disk problem in the SCSI chain, but luckily not the one that holds everything here. Unfortunately, we weren’t around to notice due to the holidays.

Well, we’re back, and now that I remember the info I need to post news, hopefully this front page can become more active again too! But then again, don’t hold your breath on me. :P

Save GOBE!

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Posted by:Ryan on Monday, 09 Dec, 2002 @ 10:17 PM
Gobe Software

Right. So by now you’ve all heard the news about Gobe not opensourcing productive due to horrible business issues which are somewhat annoying. Well, it seems that BeUnited is stepping up to the plate and doing what most said can’t be done: starting a donation fund. So if you have a few dollars (or a few hundred thousand) why not head over there and work with them and gobe to open source the best office suite ever. Maybe YellowTab could cough up some licensing cash. Or maybe BeUnited could strike a deal to get the code escrowed until they sell x number of copies. Who knows… but help them if you can. Its worth it.

Open Standards Portal Launches!

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Posted by:Ryan on Tuesday, 03 Dec, 2002 @ 8:06 PM

Right. So BeUnited, that group of dashing gentlemen tirelessly working to save your favorite os, have launched their Open Standards Portal, a site dedicated to posting standards proposals and refining them through a community process.

On of the things that is great about the openbeos effort is how organized the community is keeping it. it is very much a unified effort, and this is a huge step in getting every last user involved in crafting the best possible os for everyone. I highly suggest you all go over and join in the discussion of the future. YOU can actually influence what happens to the os. So dont waste your chance.

Congratulations to the BeUnited team for taking such a huge step towards a unified set of standards for the osbos system(s). Keep up the great work!

PostMagic Media Suite for BeOS

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Posted by:Ryan on Monday, 18 Nov, 2002 @ 8:58 AM

So I recieved an interesting email from Nathan Callender, the leader of the Post Magic project. The Post Magic Project is “an initiative to
create a small, fast - yet powerful and stable - media editor and
compositor for the BeOS”. Sounds pretty good to me. And it isn’t entirely vaporware either! Apparently work began in July, and a beta of the video player is now available at their site as well as at BeBits. Looks like an app with a /lot/ of potential, so do what you can to support Nathan in his quest to create a full media editing and compositing suite on BeOS.

Walter unleashed!

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Posted by:Ryan on Tuesday, 05 Nov, 2002 @ 4:41 PM
Submitted News

In what /has/ to be a joke, this link has appeared on openbeos.org. If that is their actual name, they RULE. The world is amazing. If not, it sure is a good joke. :)

OpenBeOS Name Voting Begins

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Posted by:Ryan on Friday, 25 Oct, 2002 @ 11:42 AM
Submitted News

Ok. So OpenBeOS has been promising a vote on a new name for a long long time. Thousands of names were submitted, and they narrowed them down to fifteen candidates. They are:

Auros, Begin, Dysis, Firebox, Firefly, Forge, Haiku, Indigo, Infinity, Jaffa, Mantis, Menlo, Nemo, Nova, Terra

Interesting. In a move that caused people to call us biased, we recommend Haiku or Firefly as the only names that don’t completely suck, with Menlo almost eeking out of suckage. The rest must die, for many reasons.. Such as:

Anyway, most of this is meant in good fun, and to urge people to vote for Firefly or Haiku (neither of which I suggested initially.. i just like them best of the choices). That said, you can pick 5, and it IS your vote. So vote for your prefs, and I am sure things will turn out great. :)

BeServed updates to 1.2.0

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Posted by:Ryan on Wednesday, 23 Oct, 2002 @ 11:08 AM

Teldar has updated beserved, their network based, BeOS native filesystem. This is similar to windows smb/cifs or “everything else” nfs shares, only they are BeOS native and include query and attribute support, etc. In otherwords, it lets you share bfs volumes over networks natively. Not a bad deal. And a darn useful bit of tech to have around if you have a few servers around the house and want to access everything from whichever one you happen to be at. :)

General Coffee Company needs help in a Flash

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Posted by:Ryan on Monday, 21 Oct, 2002 @ 11:50 AM

Ok.. so it looks like our pals over at the general coffee company film productions who create the macromedia flash plugin for beos seem to be having trouble getting it updated. The problem seems to be that Macromedia won’t help them get it updated to support Flash 5 and later. Apparently they use Macromedia licensed code, and cant get updated player code to work with. In anycase, it would probably be a good idea to let macromedia know if you want it updated, etc. If anyone figures out the best way to do that, let me know and I will tack it on the end of this story. Just a thought. ;)

Update: A reader wrote in with this link to request features in macromedia flash. Could be good. There is also a link to a petition being started in the comments below.

BeOS Projects Update

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Posted by:Ryan on Monday, 21 Oct, 2002 @ 11:34 AM
Bits N

Ok.. so this is to be a roundup of all the crazy happenings in the various BeOS Replacement projects floating around. Here goes. YellowTab has updated their page to a new, steadily growing system talking about Zeta, their new upcoming release. Zeta looks like BeOS R6 and includes some new stuff and lots of bundled apps. I will reserve judgement until I have a chance to properly review it.

Meanwhile, BeUnited is reporting that Leonardo OS is “regrouping”.. whatever that means. BeUnited also hosted a “historic meeting of the Open Standards group” recently. Whether the “Historic” portion is indicitive of some incredible forsight or simply ok due to a technicality remains to be seen.

BlueEyedOS has apparently finished the first skeleton of their app_server, as you can see here. They claim it is “in cvs” but as they are a non-open project, you will just have to take their word for it.

Last, but not least, OpenBeOS has been busy, releasing print server beta updates, registrar milestone 2, a few newsletters, a pretty far along media kit, and a bunch of updates on the app_server, including a screenshot of it rendering a font for the first time (publically presumably).

Phew. Not a bad round up for the past few weeks. Now to go dig through the rest of the incoming news folder, and see what else I can slam up here today. :)

Update: Forgot to mention this.. on the somewhat sketchy side, BeOS 5 PE MAX Edition has been released. Here is a blurb:

BeOS 5 PE Max Edition is a distribution made using the free version of BeOS 5 (called Personal Edition) with a number of drivers, add-ons, and software. It includes the new development tools from the OpenBeOS team Web site, but you will also be able to select the old tools. It only contains freeware and shareware demos. All the code it contains is legal under the MIT, GPL, or LGPL licenses.
And yes its Athlon XP patched.

Dunno about the legality of the whole thing personally, but check out http://www.vasper.net for more information.

Themis devel looks for help

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Posted by:Ryan on Tuesday, 01 Oct, 2002 @ 7:29 PM

Hey peeps. Just wanted to point out a very interesting project called Themis. This project aims to create a new, modern, effective, fast BeOS native browser. This could be very interesting for the various Save BeOS projects, and could lead to something along the lines of konqueror for OBOS or B.E.OS. etc.

To get to the point, the head of the project, Raymond C. Rogers, needs help. Lots of people have already contributed, but the project needs more ideas, and most importantly, more brains to help out with it. So, if you aren’t doing anything for the next year or two, and feel like pitching in, get in touch with him! Net+ is great, but dead and decaying. Help make Themis even better, and growing!

Interview: Simon Gauvin of beunited.org

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Posted by:Ryan on Sunday, 22 Sep, 2002 @ 11:53 AM

Technix from the BeOS Journal arranged an interview with Simon Gauvin of the now entirely lower cased version of beunited.org, and invited BeGroovy to join in the madness. We obviously accepted, and dove in to interview the head of one of the most interesting organizations on the BeOS scene. Read on for part 1 of our joint interview, and post questions for part 2 in the comments. Enjoy!

OpenBeOS replies to David Reid

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Posted by:Ryan on Saturday, 21 Sep, 2002 @ 2:26 PM
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Michael Phipps, OpenBeOS project lead, has sent us a reply to David Reid’s public statement regarding why he left the OpenBeOS project. This reply also addresses the statements made by Frans van Nispen in the comments of our previous story. Read on for the OBOS take.

David Reid Speaks Out.

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Posted by:Ryan on Thursday, 19 Sep, 2002 @ 8:45 PM
Submitted News

David Reid, BeOS coder extraordinnare, and former OpenBeOS contributor, has posted a public statement about why he left OpenBeOS after several questions from people. He sites serious leadership issues, and problems with the management of the codebase. Either this is a (very calmly stated) rant from someone who left under bad circumstances, or else it is a pretty damning statement. If it’s the later, I would hope the OpenBeOS team would seriously evaluate this, and use it as a wake up call. There are a lot of people’s hopes riding on you guys. Don’t screw it up.

OpenBFS Beta 2 released

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Posted by:Ryan on Monday, 16 Sep, 2002 @ 9:34 AM

Just noticed that Open-BFS has been updated to Beta2. The new version includes a tool called bfsinfo to track down information that will help them debug. According to the README, It also includes debugging support built in. This means that it is a bit slower due to logging activities, and that it weighs in around 1.2mb compared to the original BFS’s 238kb. BUT.. when debugging is off, it hits around 130kb, which means that in the end it’s smaller, faster, and has more features than the original (i.e. search on non-indexed attributes). Not a bad deal all in all. So test it out, and send your feedback to the OpenBFS team!

WANTED: Some people to post news

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Posted by:Ryan on Thursday, 05 Sep, 2002 @ 10:31 AM
Site News

Hey peeps..

I am looking for 1 or 2 people to start posting news regularly on BeGroovy. I just don’t have the time to do much more than update now and then, and I would like to see the news flow.

If you have the time and the ability to post well written, sometimes amusing news, which has far to many commas, email me and volunteer. I will let you know if you are picked, etc etc, yada yada.

New BeOS Audio Driver needs testers

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Posted by:Ryan on Monday, 19 Aug, 2002 @ 3:33 PM

Ok.. so this post at osnews is by a guy working on a driver for BeOS Audio. It supports several chipsets that cover cards such as:

Best Union Miss Melody 4DWave PCI
Warpspeed ONSpeed 4DWave PCI
AzTech PCI 64-Q3D
CHIC True Sound 4Dwave
Shark Predator4D-PCI
Jaton SonicWave 4D.
Hoontech’s Digital-NX
Aztech’s PCI 288-Q3D II
Addonics’ SoundVision 750 and SoundVision 1700.

If you can help the guy out and test his driver, head over there and get in touch with him!

Update: To clarify, here are the actual chipsets the driver is for:

vendor:1039 (Silicon Integrated Systems (SiS))
card_id:7018 (SiS7018 PCI Audio Accelerator - part of sis630 chipset)

vendor:10b9 (Acer Labs Incorporated (ALi))
card_id:5451 (PCI AC-Link Controller Audio Device)

vendor:1023 (Trident Microsystems)
card_id:2001 (4DWave(NX) PCI Audio)

vendor:1023 (Trident Microsystems)
card_id:2000 (4DWave(DX) PCI Audio)

Note: you could have gotten this from clicking the link, but some people seem to think omitting it here is erroneous, so it’s now added. ;P Anyway, Enjoy!

BeOS Icons for OS X and OpenBeOS

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Posted by:Ryan on Monday, 19 Aug, 2002 @ 9:56 AM
Art / Image

Last week I heard from a BeOS fan, Matthew McClintock. He has created some BeOS Icons for OS X. This is great for everyone using OS X who misses Be, but doesn’t help Be itself. However, after I pointed out that OpenBeOS needs icons, Matt was surprised and agreed whole heartedly to helping out. He has said:

But of course! I had no idea that the larger icons could be re-worked
for one of the BeOS spinoffs (I’ve occasionally run into news on
OpenBeOS, but haven’t followed it closely).

I’d be delighted to be able to contribute to the project - I’d prefer
to begin by doing the actual work, but if for whatever reason I can’t
cut the mustard I’ll provide my Illustrator files to whoever *can* cut

In other words, OpenBeOS has a volunteer icon designer, if they want it. And they can have them all in vector format… which means that for R1 they OBOS can render them down to 32×32 pixel, and in the future can go vector with larger icons, as discussed in this forum thread. All in all, not a bad deal. I hope someone from OBOS reads this and decides to email Matt and get him involved. (Not including his email here for anti-spam reasons. Go to his site as linked above and contact him.) :)

As an aside, DAMN those icons are pretty. I really hope OBOS embraces them and puts them in in all their scalable vector glory. :)

OpenBeOS turns 1!

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Posted by:Ryan on Monday, 19 Aug, 2002 @ 9:48 AM

OpenBeOS turned 1 yesterday, and has published a special Newsletter to commemorate the occasion. Congratulations to all OpenBeOS team members. This is something to be very proud of.

Michael Phipps talks about having a release ready for Christmas. Now /that/ would be impressive, and a lot of fun. Good luck to them on that. I know I am anxious to see the time when it is no longer about getting OpenBeOS to be what R5 is now, and instead is about watching it grow and do new things that BeOS has never (and will never) do.

In any case, good work, and good luck to ya. ;)

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