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Guide to building and running the OpenBeOS Kernel version ;)

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Posted by:Ryan on Monday, 24 Jun, 2002 @ 4:51 PM

Daniel Reinhold over at OpenBeOS has posted a Guide to building and booting OpenBeOS.

Daniel is apparently a large monster made out of nothing but hair and shoes, with an obsession for rabbits. This is, of course, according to Daniel’s statement at the top of his story. And is completely irrelevant.

The relevant part is that OpenBeOS is building and booting quickly, and that there is now talk of tying the openbfs vfs to the openbeos vfs to make one big vfs jamboree on cd which over writes your partition with a barely functioning kernel/openbfs.

Does doing this indicate that one is obsessed? No. Well.. yes actually. Unless you are an OpenBeOS dev. In which case this is an important foundation for adding things to later (such as a full shell and lots of kits)? Does this mean they are making good progress? You bet your ass.

When it comes down to it, I am excited to see it so quickly (not your ass, the openbeos kernel), and look forward to the day that it replaces BeOS entirely. /That/ will be a pretty good day. :)

Inferno renamed - Now Refraction

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Posted by:Ryan on Sunday, 23 Jun, 2002 @ 12:23 AM
Art / Image

Rob Lund wrote in to point out that Xentronix has announced that Inferno, the BeOS-Native image editor, is being renamed to “Refraction”, due to whining from people who make products that have nothing to do with image editing that they also call Inferno. (that last bit about whining is my addition, not Xentronix’s. It’s late. sue me.)

To follow up on this world-changing announcement, they will be releasing a new public beta by the end of the week. Which will obviously rock.

Also, they released a new beta of SampleStudio 1.5. Apparently it has a lot of new features. Features are of course good. As is SampleStudio.

A big “rock on” to the boys at Xentronix. Read more about the whole thing here

Cosmoe releases new version

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Posted by:Ryan on Thursday, 20 Jun, 2002 @ 3:15 PM
OS Wars

That most interesting of interesting os projects, Cosmoe (hmm, sound familiar?) has released a new tarball today. It apparently makes builds much easier. Cosmoe is a sort of dark horse in the race to replace beos, as it could do it, but that isnt it’s goal. It’s goal is to support tons of API’s on a modern good looking gui system. Or something. In any case, its interesting. It could be great, it could vanish. But its definately quirky. :)

Nostalgia reigns

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Posted by:Ryan on Wednesday, 19 Jun, 2002 @ 9:24 PM
Site News

Hey all,

If you were around back in the golden era of beos, have I got a link for you.

Check this out. the wayback machine is cool. :)

Anyway, this has made me nostalgic, and it’s also made me interested in spending some time to explain whats going on w/ begroovy.

Deej is doing his thing with BeUnited, and updating here when he can. I am off with full time employment, based in Dallas, TX, and working on a Linux distribution (*gasp* *shock* *horror*). That said, I am actively following openbeos, and contributing to the discussion on synapselounge (which ranges from beos to just about everything else.) I am also in the midst of buying a Be machine to use for my mp3’s and email and such, as I sold my previous machine for the cash to get a powerbook (double gasp, shock horror)

Basically, BeOS as it used to be is dead. Most of us have moved on. Because of this, BeGroovy is too big for the times. We have too many little features to keep working, and too many things can break. But the BeOS community still exists, and openbeos, blueeyed os, and others present a beacon of hope. And BeGrovoy will continue to exist as long as that hope does. After all, its what we are all about. But we cant continue on like this.

The answer? I dont know. But what I am considering doing is simple:

Tear down the glitz, and get back to roots.

I am working on a new, simple news script. I want to tear this down, and go back to the “good old days”. I figure we would track all sorts of weird stuff, as well as the obvious (open beos, new releases, etc)

I am interested in your thoughts on this. Is it worth the effort? Would anyone out there want to contribute news or participate? Should we even bother?

Anyway. thats my rambling for the day. What do you think?

New BeShare server online

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Posted by:Ryan on Wednesday, 19 Jun, 2002 @ 6:46 PM
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Beryllium (a guy who spoiled the surprise of the new look of begroovy 2.0 iirc ;P) wrote in with some fun news for BeShare users:

Beryllium.ca is the new home of the Beryllium BeShare server. The domain just went live today, and with luck it will bring many new users to this BeShare server.
Windows and Linux users can share and download files on the server using Ozone ( http://www.ozone-o3.net/ ), while BeOS users can bask in the warm glow of the BeShare client.

Rock on. :)

BeGeistert on Tour

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Posted by:Ryan on Wednesday, 19 Jun, 2002 @ 6:44 PM
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Bernd Korz wrote in to ask us to write about the roaming BeGeistert coming up. But i can’t do any better than he did:

Hi !

We make a BeGeistert on Tour between Hamburg and Bremen. All you need to
know for now (who sounds very crime *lol) you can find here in english and

this is the link

Would be great if you would write someting about it.

Best regards and thx for your support,
Bernd Korz

Anyway, sounds like fun. too bad they arent roaming through my neck of the planet. :)

New BeServed Release

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Posted by:Ryan on Wednesday, 19 Jun, 2002 @ 6:42 PM

Hey all. Long time no post. ;)

Anyway, cleaning out the old mail files. First up, there is a relatively new release of BeServed, the network file system for BeOS by teldar. Check it out at teldars press release.

More to come. :)

OpenBeOS, beunited.org updates

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Posted by:Deej on Thursday, 13 Jun, 2002 @ 5:26 AM

Well, I don’t post here much. No real excuse these days. I would just like to remind you to check out the other cool BeOS news sites that are staying updated these days - TotallyBe, The BeOS Journal, BeFAQs, BeForever, Loved, and the many many others out there that are keeping the fresh news flowing. :)

Now, the news - OpenBeOS‘ OBFS team now has the file system feature complete!!! Congrats and Kudos to BGA and Axel!

beunited.org - if you haven’t been there recently, go. ;)

Various TidBits…

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Posted by:Deej on Saturday, 25 May, 2002 @ 3:44 AM
Bits N

Okay, so I’ve been lacking… here’s the stuff from the past week or so. I’ll try to keep things more up to date. Email me if you’d like to help me do so.

BeNews posted a bit of news about Xentronix’s Sample Studio.

BeFaqs posted about BeZilla - Paul has RC2 of MoZilla built. Great work Paul!

Looks like yellowTab is back in business, possibly with Cosmoe.

Dan Johnston has released pricing for the Be.com domain, full details are at BeBox Zone

Last, but definitely not least, OpenBeOS has been afire with updates to the site - go check it all out!

New BShisen version!!!

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Posted by:Deej on Saturday, 25 May, 2002 @ 1:13 AM

Okay, worthy of it’s own headline amist all the missed news this past week? Hell Yeah!

My all-time favorite BeOS time waster, BShisen, has been uploaded to BeBits. Version 1.3 brings a new level of competition to BShisen - high scores are stored online, pitting you against the times of the greatest Shisen’ers in the community. :P

Grab it, play with it, have fun - and wait until I’m able to upload some of my scores! ;)

TuneTracker Deal Almost Gone

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Posted by:Deej on Tuesday, 14 May, 2002 @ 6:20 AM

Dane put up a little reminder on leBuzz that TuneTracker, the professional quality radio automation software for BeOS, will no longer be available at the current $99.95 price. TuneTracker’s price will increase to $149.95 after this Wednesday, May 15th, with the official debut of TuneTracker 2 on June 1st. All of those that purchase TuneTracker 1 at the lower price will automatically be upgraded to version 2 for free, so why wait?

Update : The TuneTracker2 site is now live. - Nutcase

Cosmoe Revealed, Interview with Author

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Posted by:Deej on Tuesday, 14 May, 2002 @ 6:15 AM

Formerly only known as the Atheos fork (and often jokingly refered to as FrankensteinOS due to its combination of Linux, Atheos, BeOS, and MacOSX), Bill Hayden has revealed the website for Cosmoe - the Compatible Open-Source Multi Operating-system Environment.

Eugenia also managed an interview with Bill over on OS News.

BeOS Update Application Public Beta

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Posted by:Deej on Monday, 13 May, 2002 @ 8:08 AM

Zegenie has recently written in to me that his BeOSUpdate package will be online as a public beta today. The application makes it easy for developers to create updates for applications, and even easier for users to get these updates. I’m posting this now, as I won’t be around for the rest of the day, but you can keep checking at BeOSUpdate’s website for the public beta (and a new site design) throughout the day, if you are so inclined.

MeTOS - GUI Editor for Developers

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Posted by:Deej on Thursday, 09 May, 2002 @ 4:08 AM

Cedric Vincent has released his new GUI editor, MeTOS. It allows you to build a BeOS GUI app similar Visual Be++ and co. It’s in the early stages but looks very promising. MeTOS is available here. You’ll also need Don’t Worry from BeBits, because it is dependant on one of the libraries. (This news item also blatantly ripped from beos.loved.com - thanks moooooo! ;) )

Mame 0.60 Released

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Posted by:Deej on Thursday, 09 May, 2002 @ 3:59 AM
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For all you gamers out there, old school gamers that is, BeEmulated is reporting that Yoshi has released the latest version of MAME for BeOS, 0.60. It includes many enhancements and bug fixes. (This news item blatantly ripped from beos.loved.com)

OpenBeOS Seeks New Name

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Posted by:Deej on Monday, 06 May, 2002 @ 9:00 PM

As hinted a week ago in an accidental post by Michael to the OpenBeOS mailing list, new names for the OpenBeOS project are solicited from the user community. Go to the OpenBeOS website and click on the link/graphic on the upper right part of the page to submit your ideas. A poll will be conducted on the best submitted options to choose the winning name.

BlueEyed OS site update

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Posted by:Deej on Monday, 06 May, 2002 @ 7:19 AM

Blue Eyed OS updated it’s website yesterday. Updates on the status of the Application / Interface Kit, the Storage Kit, and the XML and Network Kits.

There is also an open invitation to the Blue Eyed OS forums - everyone that wants to know more and communicate with the Blue Eyed OS team should go there and ask away. ;)

Nurbana port successful

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Posted by:Ryan on Saturday, 04 May, 2002 @ 1:18 PM
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Just recieved this in my inbox:

Hello, just thought I’d let you know the nurbana port to BeOS was
successful. It should appear on the website sometime saturday afternoon.

The web site is of course nurbana.cx and the product is of course a very cool free NURBS 3d modelling system.

Now to get it ported to OpenBeOS, BlueEyedOS, or whatever the Atheos Forked one is called these days…

Good news? I think so. ;)

OpenBeOS progress

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Posted by:Deej on Monday, 29 Apr, 2002 @ 6:08 AM
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OpenBeOS has been making progress in leaps and bounds. Last week, the NetServer ran and Net+ rendered a page using its net stack. This past week has seen two more major events:

1) OpenBFS is ready for testing! Be aware not to have critical data on the partition and you might end up in KDL (Kernel Debugging Land), but it is functional and the OpenBFS team needs bug reports. They still need to implement Live Queries and Journalling, but still, this is a major step forward.

2) Proto5 of the app_server has been released. Besides this screenshot, showing simple, dragable application windows being rendered, there are numerous improvements to Proto4. One very interesting thing to note is that YNOP, of Inferno fame has contributed code, including an interesting “dual monitor” feature, allowing you to run the test app server full screen in another monitor while able to debug in the original BeOS app_server. DarkWyrm has also made binaries available for those that want to check it out but are CVS/compiler impaired. :)

Nothing short of a round of drinks and a pizza to these 3 teams! EXCELLENT WORK!

Radeon 8500 Drivers

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Posted by:Deej on Monday, 29 Apr, 2002 @ 5:57 AM

Submitted by Scottmc

There is now a hacked Radeon8500 driver avaiable for testing. Thanks once again to Euan Kirkhope. Check this thread in our forums.

Be sure to read Euan’s description/disclaimer in the post as well - these are hacked drivers, meaning that you should expect issues - and Euan provides the disclaimer in case “your house burns down”. :P Standard alpha/test software warning. :)

Scottmc also states that “it would still be nice to get a project started so that we actually have source code to modify for new drivers instead of having to hack binaries to make the old drivers work with the new cards.” I agree fully. Any takers? Hop on the BeDriverTalk mailing list (subscribe link found on BeDrivers) and get started!

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