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Gobe Productive to go GPL - BeOS based

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Posted by:Ryan on Monday, 12 Aug, 2002 @ 8:27 AM
Gobe Software

Gobe Productive, the famous BeOS (and now Windows/Linux) office suite, is no more. It has been bought by Free Radicals LLC. The good news is that their business plan requires that the entire package be GPL’ed. The even better news is that IIRC, Productive 3 for windows and linux was actually coded to mostly BeAPI and compiled with wrappers to the various platforms. Which means prodctive 3 on BeOS is a VERY real possibility. Read all about it at osnews.

I want to thank Tom and Bruce and all the other great people from Gobe who have worked with us over the years (even after the shift to windows.) It’s a shame to see Gobe, well, go. But it’s great to see such a great product live on.

Javashare 2 Code-a-thon results!

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Posted by:Ryan on Wednesday, 07 Aug, 2002 @ 10:59 AM

So Bryan finished his code-a-thon, and it resulted in a Javashare 2 alpha. He sent in a pretty detailed report on how things went. Read on for all the details, and the location of the alpha .jar. :)

Good work Bryan!

BeUnited now official OpenOffice porting team

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Posted by:Ryan on Tuesday, 06 Aug, 2002 @ 2:18 PM

BeUnited announced today that they are officially recognized by Sun Microsystems, Inc. as copyright approved for the BeOS port of OpenOffice. Or something like that. Here is their announcement:

We are very pleased to announce that beunited.org has been approved by Sun Microsystems, Inc. as a copyright-approved organization for the porting of OpenOffice to BeOS. The project is in its early stages and beunited.org is asking the BeOS developer community for help by participating in the project. Any BeOS developers wanting to help with the project are asked to join at OpenOffice.org through the BeOS project.

So thats good news then. ;)

If you want to, you can see BeOS listed on OpenOffice.org’s Porting Page and can go sign up to help with the port. Go BeUnited. Good luck with it!

David Reid leaves the OBOS project

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Posted by:Ryan on Sunday, 04 Aug, 2002 @ 9:06 PM
Submitted News

David Reid has left the OpenBeOS project. David guided the net team through all their achievements, and really helped the effort. Thanks David!

Looks like they already have a replacement leader in mind, so this shouldnt slow them down much.. but it would be a good time to volunteer (just as it always is)

Ozone comes back swinging

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Posted by:Ryan on Sunday, 04 Aug, 2002 @ 8:57 PM

Got an interesting email yesterday. It’s in response to the Javashare code-a-thon (sorta) and is from the author of Ozone. (I love this kinda thing) - Here is a direct quote:

“Personally, I have a life and friends… so i’m not going to spend 96 hours
on an Ozone code-a-thon :P And you can quote me on that one ;)

Don’t worry VitViper, we will. And all we have to say is “Ouch! Low blow on that one.” - You gonna take that Bryan? ;)

Here are the updates on Ozone:

Anyway.. seems like there is some friendly competition going on.. which is always nice. Good times for the BeShare crowd. :)

JavaShare 2 makes a break for it

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Posted by:Ryan on Wednesday, 31 Jul, 2002 @ 10:52 PM

Looks like ozone, the multiplatform BeShare client, may have a contender. Or alternatively, may /be/ one. It seems that the creator of the original JavaShare, Bryan Varner, is prepping for a “Code-A-Thon” to take place this weekend. The Goal? A beta of JavaShare 2… with full filesharing support. However.. this isn’t pure generosity. By announcing now, he is gathering funds to use during the code-a-thon… on such neccessities as pizza, soda, chips, etc. Currently he has about $44 collected. $75 buys the full 3 day span… and oh yeah.. there is gonna be a webcam. so, if you have $30 and want to see what happens about 2.5 days into a 3 day non stop “code-a-thon” - you know what to do. And if you don’t know what to do, you are dumb. Dont worry about it.. just continue to bang your head against the wall.

The gauntlet has been thrown. Can ozone come back with a full 96 hour code-a-thon? Could this escalate to a triple digit code-a-thon war?!? Only time will tell. all I know is that non-beos users will soon have a plethora (look kids! big words!) of choices for invading your beshare turf. Be afraid. Be /very/ afraid. el Presidente is waiting. muwHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH.

Public poll about best dead os

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Posted by:Ryan on Wednesday, 31 Jul, 2002 @ 10:42 PM
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There is currently a poll at a site I shall not name. We cant post where. Careful observers may get the hint though.

In any case, it asks about “The OS That Never Was” - so if you think a certain OS was the most advanced in it’s day, and died unfairly… well, dont go find the poll and vote because that would skew the results. Instead, rest assured that your favorite os is already winning. Assuming your favorite os is BeOS. ;)

Anyway, apologies if anyone figured it out. I was a secretive as I can be, but i have gotten a bit mischevious in my old age. ;)

BeUnited & YellowTab team up

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Posted by:Ryan on Wednesday, 31 Jul, 2002 @ 10:38 PM

BeUnited and YellowTab have teamed up to promote standards in OpenBeOS distributions. As BeUnited and YellowTab are the only two announced OBOS distros I know of, this means there will be a pretty strong level of standardization.

This can only be good for BeOS, which has always relied on standards such as people files, mail files, mp3 attributes, etc. Hopefully this partnership will continue that, as well as more obtuse standards that shape the operating environment.

If anyone knows what that last sentance means, please tell me. In the mean time, congratulations to BeUnited and YellowTab on teaming up to make OpenBeOS distros a better experience for everyone. Yay!

BTW: You can read all about it at either of their homepages, accessible from the links above.

Cosmoe 0.5.5 Released

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Posted by:Ryan on Monday, 29 Jul, 2002 @ 3:02 PM

Apparently Cosmoe 0.5.5 was released yesterday. This version makes it easier to build and run on top of linux, and stops “hosing” some things, only to begin hosing others. Sounds like fun. Wheee! Anyway… read on for the actual entry about the release from the cosmoe site.

Rapture in Venice Update

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Posted by:Ryan on Monday, 15 Jul, 2002 @ 10:26 AM

John Blanco of Rapture in Venice has written us with some updates involving his BeOS software. We figured we would pass it on.

Thanks for the updates John!

Ozone is liberated and thrives

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Posted by:Ryan on Friday, 12 Jul, 2002 @ 9:56 AM

VitViper wrote in to let us know that Ozone, the windows and linux BeShare client has been GPL’ed at sourceforge. This is good news, as it means it has a chance to thrive and can’t be sued or put down or something by evil money-grubbing idiots. (Wow. Why am I so political today? hmm)

Anyway, check out the self described “open source site for ozone” at http://ozone-o3.sourceforge.net/ and consider chipping in some time to make it even greater than it already is.

OpenBeOS Makes a Splash!

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Posted by:Ryan on Friday, 12 Jul, 2002 @ 9:34 AM
OS Wars

Seems like OpenBeOS is coming further out of it’s shell, and people are taking notice. Slashdot paid attention to their recent community Q&A. OpenBeOS seemed surprised that they werent slashdotted. Thats the benefit of being on sourceforge folks.. it would essentially be like /. /.ing themselves. Aggregated resources via mergers, and other corporate speak. News at 11.

Anyway, as a followup to that, CNet got in touch with them. Not the News.com CNet, but the CNet Radio brand of CNet. Apparently they interview on short notice, as befits an internet news site with a bit more punctuality than us, and the interviewed Michael Phipps live yesterday at this location. This happened at 10:40AM (PDT), yesterday. If you didn’t know yesterday, you missed it. If I find an archived version, I will let you know.

Anyway, it seems OBOS is putting the smack down on the PR front. I find several things about this strange.

1) They are going to change their name. Shouldnt they do this BEFORE creating major recognition? ;P

2) They are going to change their site. Shouldnt they do this BEFORE creating major recognition? ;P

3) Their license is wrong. I mean, if you are gonna be free, BE free. Don’t use a license with even less protection of freedom than one approved by corporate dicks (that link felt good.) I mean, make it free, and keep it free. Otherwise you lose before you begin. (/me starts licensing flamewar with glee, and plans to watch the aftermath with amusement)

Anyway, Thats my OpenBeOS update/rant/whatever for now. Back to our regularly scheduled programming.. which is really sorta what this is. Hmm.

Xentronix needs Refraction Testers

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Posted by:Ryan on Friday, 12 Jul, 2002 @ 9:20 AM
Art / Image

Xentronix is in need of more testers for Refraction. Their last beta worked for half the people, and broke for the other half. They need to figure out why. You can see a lot of news about development at their news page. Looks like this thing isn’t far off now. :)

le Buzz is BACK!

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Posted by:Ryan on Thursday, 04 Jul, 2002 @ 2:22 AM
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le Buzz, the long running BeOS Audio site (and my first introduction to the BeOS community) is back with a new look and new features, after an extended downtime due to server issues. I just want to welcome them back, and look forward to seeing their groovy new system fill up with lots of news related to audio under the BeOS system.. be that BeOS itself, OpenBeOS, BlueEyedOS, Cosmoe, Leonardo, YellowTab, or any of the other 101 projects working to save the best thing since the smashing pumkins world shaking 1995 release. Or sliced bread. Or whatever.

Guess it’s time to get us a le buzz category. ;)

Cosmoe 0.5.3 released

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Posted by:Ryan on Monday, 01 Jul, 2002 @ 10:15 AM

Cosmoe 0.5.3 was released today, and includes “patches to make it compile easier.” The Development Diary mentions the next step is coding on real video drivers. Here is a straight copy/paste of some news:

7/1/2002 - Today I released Cosmoe 0.5.3, with yet more patches to make compiling and running Cosmoe easier.

6/30/2002 - After many days of effort, I now have autoconf support in Cosmoe. Just ./configure, make, and make install. No more shell variables…


Interesting, eh? No doubt. In any case, it’s all available at cosmoe.com, which uses frames and is thus incredibly unlinkable. So you are gonna have to navigate on your own.

Blender lives?

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Posted by:Ryan on Monday, 01 Jul, 2002 @ 12:51 AM
Art / Image

Raise your hand if you remember Blender. You know, the 3d app that was ported to BeOS and later died when their company ran out of funding? In any case.. it looks like it may not be dead after all. There is an effort happening at blender3d.com to get all parts of the blender code openend up. What makes this effort different from other efforts? Its being lead by the founder of NaN, blenders original company.

Xentronix releases new Refraction Beta!

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Posted by:Ryan on Sunday, 30 Jun, 2002 @ 5:22 PM
Art / Image

Xentronix has released Beta 5 of Refraction. Get it Here!

Update from the Xentronix news page: Update: Unfortunately the PatternAddon does not work correct on all systems and might crash Refraction on start-up. You know this when it crashes on the second Icon.
We are aware of this and are working to fix it. The pattern addon will be removed from the package in days and be replaced by a combo-box control similar to the brush-selection control.

Refraction Beta Soon

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Posted by:Ryan on Friday, 28 Jun, 2002 @ 6:34 PM

Refraction beta 5 will be released on the 30th of this month. That be sunday people! Refraction is the new name for Inferno, Xentronix’s Image editing application. Mega cool.

In any case, we will be hosting a mirror when it is released, and we have a TON of information about new features and stuff, including new info about updated Wacom tablet drivers!

Read on for more…

Be completes takeover of Palm, Inc.

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Posted by:Ryan on Tuesday, 25 Jun, 2002 @ 5:33 PM
Submitted News

There is an interesting article over at the register about Be. Basically, it’s making the argument that Be officers now hold all the positions of influence at Palm. It implies that instead of simply launching an IA market from the desktop end, they are now going at it from the handheld end, as they evolve into IA’s. It is worth a look.

New Release of Ozone, the multiplatform BeShare client

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Posted by:Ryan on Tuesday, 25 Jun, 2002 @ 8:58 AM

Beryliium wrote in with a blatant attempt to get advertising for his new beshare server at beryllium.ca, but we aren’t going to fall for it. No. We are not going to devote space to the fact that he wants more users, or is working hard to make it a great server. That would be us giving priority to the people who take the time to submit news to us, like Beryllium. And we arent going to play favorites like that. ;)

In any case, here is the news: Ozone 1.1.0 Build 49 was just released by VitViper, after a few months of inactivity. Ozone is a multi platform BeShare client. Which is good for us Sell Outs who use Linux and run Windows at work, yet still want to keep up to date on our favorite os, or just chat with old friends.

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