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Wow - what a week!

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Posted by:Deej on Tuesday, 22 Jan, 2002 @ 2:59 AM
 
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What a week it has been! Probably the biggest week in BeOS news since the focus shift announcement - bigger than any of the Palm announcements.

We (well BeUnited) first got a definite “No” from Palm - big bummer. But at the same time, yellowTAB comes out with some really interesting, and hopefully good, news.

Then, OpenBeOS had a couple of major breakthroughs in the proof of concept area - the replacement media kit was able to play sound files through SoundPlay and CL-Amp, and a prototype of the app server was drawing to the screen. Small as it may seem, these were HUGE items that proved much about OBOS.

As if this wasn’t enough, shortly after, a leak of an unreleased version of BeOS hit the net, and has been the talk of the town since - I guess that about proves those screenshots weren’t fakes. :P

And where have I been during all of this turmoil? Barraged with well over 1000 emails, many of which were directly to me, and you all know me, I answer as much as I can, as soon as I can. Between that and not having internet access but at work, work being more busy than usual, I lagged behind seriously. I am extremely sorry about that.

And in response to that, I am bringing back to the “news department” one of the original co-founders of BeGroovy - H-kon - to help me keep the news of BeGroovy fresh, especially since I go 3 days each week away from the internet completely. Many of you old-timers will remember that H-kon posted news on Comdex the first year BeGroovy was around, back in ‘98, and then he disappeared into the dark corners of our forums as a moderator since. Prying him out of his hiding place and back out into the light of the front page, I expect he’ll be warmly welcomed. ;P

BeGroovy will not go away, especially not quietly, into the night of BeOS’s demise as long as there is a possible dawn in the tomorrows with OpenBeOS and/or BlueOS.

Note: While I cannot and do not speak for the OpenBeOS team in any way, I would like everyone to understand that OpenBeOS does not condone, nor support, this unreleased version of BeOS - do not send questions or feature requests about it to members of the OpenBeOS team. The OpenBeOS team will only support and develop OBOS in it’s first release to the released version of BeOS R5, so don’t bother asking them to include features in any initial version of OBOS based off of an untested, unreleased, beta quality build.

I am not sure about BlueOS’ feelings on this matter, but I suspect that they are similar in attitude, but would be more capable of doing work similar to this leaked version sooner rather than later.



Do You Know of any Undocumented Be APIs?

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Posted by:Deej on Tuesday, 08 Jan, 2002 @ 12:11 AM
 
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The man known throughout much of the BeOS community as YNOP (and one of the developers of the upcoming Inferno) is hunting down, collecting and documenting all the information he can on BeOS’s undocumented API calls, before the knowledge is lost forever.

This is a very, very important thing that needs to be done (and should have been done a long time ago). If you have run into any of these, YNOP would like to hear from you - drop him an email.



JLG’s New Job - It’s Not Palm

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Posted by:Deej on Tuesday, 08 Jan, 2002 @ 12:06 AM
 
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To stop all the rumour-mongering about JLG going to Palm, here’s a little news bit submitted by Galley_SimRacer in the forums. JLG will be heading up Computer Access Technology Corp, as reported by MercuryCenter/News.



Stuff You Gotta Have - But Won’t

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Posted by:Deej on Monday, 07 Jan, 2002 @ 11:49 PM
 
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Don’t misconstrue the headline - I’m saying right up front, Stuff You Gotta Have’s current BeOS software will still be supported. It’s anything new, that you “Won’t”. ;)

Citing “various reasons”, Stuff You Gotta Have has decided to get out of the BeOS software business. Mage Productions will carry on the current BeOS application Bookmobile (now called postcardware), and SYGH will still offer it’s Gobe Productive addons CD Templates and Checkbook XL. Click on Read More to read the press release.

While it’s always sad to see developers leave the community, even the developers of smaller applications, it is good to know that they still care enough to make sure those of us left behind are taken care of. :) Thanks SYGH.
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BeUnited sees possible progress with Palm

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Posted by:Deej on Sunday, 06 Jan, 2002 @ 5:01 PM
 
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Okay, I don’t normally post here on BeUnited things, since I’m usually the one posting BeUnited news - but since this one I didn’t post, and it is a VERY important one for everyone to read…

Go There Now and read about it. EVERYONE needs to send that email out, and hold out on a little hope that Palm might play with us some. :)



Honeycomb - The honeypot of AV production on BeOS

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Posted by:Deej on Wednesday, 02 Jan, 2002 @ 8:06 PM
 
Film / Movie

AlienSolder pointed me to this link over at SourceForge. And while it isn’t uncommon to see empty BeOS projects over there, it is uncommon to see one that was started on Dec 7 of 2001. Intrigued, I emailed Neil Johnson for more information about the plans of the Honeycomb team. “Read More” to see what he had to say about the plans for Honeycomb and his view on the future of BeOS - specifically OpenBeOS - in a sort of psuedo-interview.

I think it’s very good to see that some good, professional apps are still in the works [and might I mention, finally, for some of them ;) ]. Seems there are plenty of developers that think that we’ll be around for some time to come, enough so to continue, and start, huge projects on a “dead” OS with no future. Hmmmm… maybe it’s not so dead quite yet, ya think?! :)
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More Nostalgia

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Posted by:Deej on Wednesday, 02 Jan, 2002 @ 8:02 PM
 
Be Inc

Well, since I have already brought up the “fearless leader” and “nipple” references… TotallyBe has a link to some more nostalgia for you - pics of Joe Palmer’s BeBox and other odds and ends. Don’t know who Joe Palmer is? See below posting. :P Enjoy.



OpenBeOS Newsletter #8 Online

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Posted by:Deej on Wednesday, 02 Jan, 2002 @ 12:04 AM
 
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The guys and gals working on OpenBeOS are trudging along, gaining momentum, and still managing to deliver their regular newsletter. This one is longer than normal, and has a decent amount of code in it, very reminicent of old Be Newsletters. Just makes the nipples hard again (see below post :P ).

OpenBeOS definitely has potential, and needs the support of everyone left in our community. Get over there and do whatever you can to help it succeed!



The Fearless Leader No More

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Posted by:Deej on Tuesday, 01 Jan, 2002 @ 10:22 PM
 
Be Inc

Meesa Back! Hope all had a safe and happy holidays.

Foggy submitted this link that our fearless leader has stepped down from the CEO and President positions of Be, Inc., and Dan Johnston, Be’s General Counsel, will now act as Be’s President during the dissolution process. Not that this should come as a surprise to anyone, as it was in the buyout agreement that JLG would step down by Dec 31st, and he has. But there’s just something about it being official now that just doesn’t get my nipples hard. ;)

And if you don’t get the “fearless leader” and “nipple” references… just nevermind - newBe! :P (Yes, I’m feeling frisky now that the hangover is wearing off)



Happy Holidays!!! BBIAB

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Posted by:Deej on Wednesday, 26 Dec, 2001 @ 1:25 AM
 
Site News

Well, here I am, working on Christmas day… but it’s so that I can go home for a couple of days afterwards. Being so, I’ll be gone starting tomorrow until the new year.

Everyone have a good, safe, holiday season, and I’ll see you all when I get back. You can still submit news, but do not expect it to be posted until the 2nd of the new year, at the latest (depending upon how often my family lets me connect to the internet over the next week :P ).

Happy Holidays Everyone!!!



JLG Chronicles

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Posted by:Deej on Wednesday, 26 Dec, 2001 @ 1:07 AM
 
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mooooooo found another link out there, this one an article written by JLG. It’s in French, but for the english readers out there, I’ve put the Babelfish translation in the “Read More” link. Hehe, good luck with that. :P Any real French folk out there want to translate it a bit better for us?
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Japanese BeOS community still going strong

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Posted by:Deej on Tuesday, 25 Dec, 2001 @ 6:24 PM
 
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BeatJapan, the BeOS Users Group over in the land of the rising sun, aren’t looking to see any sun set on their favorite OS either. They are even still organizing BeaCon4 - a gathering of Japanese BeOS users for the 4th year running.

Browsing through some of their pages - you can try Babelfish to read these pages - forum readers noticed a couple of interesting items - a glove attached to a BeOS machine, evidently for a virtual Tamagotchi (pictured here and here, found on this page), and the WinBe project (which was reported a very long time ago) is still actively progressing and planning on making an appearance at BeaCon4 (and the pages are in english). WinBe is an effort similar to BeWINE to run, not emulate, Windows applications on BeOS.

So, it seems, we still have a brotherhood of BeOS users over there. Now all that we need is a group of bilingual people to make sure that we all stay together and focus efforts together. Anyone reading this speak Japanese? Thanks to moooooo and AlienSoldier for the links.



Becasso 2.0 (and .tiff capability) arrive!

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Posted by:Deej on Monday, 24 Dec, 2001 @ 11:05 PM
 
Codec

Sum Software has released a bit of a Christmas present for all - Becasso 2.0. Sum Software’s web page exclaims that even though “It has been quiet for a while, but that didn’t mean we were resting on our laurels”, that they “have been listening” to their regular users, and have implemented a “whole slew of new features”.

A surprising, and welcomed new feature is the ability to read and write .tiff format images - in the form of a new translator. Of this, BeGroovy forum member eexlebots has to say: “Petty sweet…and about time!!!”. My sentiments exactly. :)

With the closing of the BeBits store, Becasso can now be registered through Kagi, and only cost $29USD. The version available on BeBits is the full version, and you will not be required to download Becasso again after registering, only a required key file.

Enjoy all. And Merry Christmas!



APlayer continues on BeOS

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Posted by:Deej on Sunday, 23 Dec, 2001 @ 6:34 PM
 
Codec

Thomas Neumann, author of APlayer, a former Amiga audio player now available on the BeOS platform (both x86 and PPC), recently wrote in to let everyone know that APlayer development continues, and that he is working really hard on a version 4 of the software. Thomas estimates that it will be about 5 more months before the full release, as he is adding in a ton of new features, ones which do require a lot of work. One of these new features include an optimized MP3 decoder, which uses either MMX or 3DNow! instructions if available on the system.

Thomas also needs beta testers for the new version of APlayer, currently at beta 3, with a 4th beta due out soon. The application also comes with full source, for you beta testing tinker’ers out there. To become a beta tester, you only need to go to the homepage and sign up on the beta list.

Get out there, test the app, and show your support to the devs with the heart to stick it out with us! :)



Dave Haynie on the end of the Be era

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Posted by:Deej on Sunday, 23 Dec, 2001 @ 2:45 AM
 
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Well, it’s pretty much official (as if it wasn’t before :P ) - Be, Inc. is now gone. Their website is now but a single page, and \. posted the news.

Be’s BeDevTalk and BeCodeTalk mailing lists are now gone (however, Bruno has created new lists on BUG-Br’s server here and here, respectively).

Dave Haynie, CTO of Merlancia Multimedia Systems, in the last minute fury of mailing list talk just before the servers were shut down, posted a little prospective history of his own with BeOS. For those of you out there that might not remember, Dave Haynie was _very_ involved with the Amiga, to say the least, and Merlancia plans on releasing some pretty impressive PPC systems out there that will run, among other things, BeOS R5 PPC. While he still sounds positive about Merlancia offering BeOS on their systems, only time will tell - as the future of any form of BeOS is still very much up in the air. We’ll keep you posted if we get any more information on that topic, of course.

“Read more” for Dave’s letter to BeOS Developers.
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OpenSSL 0.96c is out, and available on BeOS

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Posted by:Deej on Saturday, 22 Dec, 2001 @ 9:27 PM
 
Software

The new version of OpenSSL (0.96c) is out, and Peter Moore (aka mooooooooo among many Be’ers) has taken the time to compile it for BeOS. You can grab it from BeBits.

Peter has also ported a great deal of other noteworthy network security apps for BeOS, including (all links to BeBits pages): Snort, SnortMonitor, tcpdump, nmap. You can find info on many more of Pete’s projects (including non-network security ones) on his loved site or on his ever growing list on his BeBits Dev Page.

BONE Warning - Many of Peter’s apps require BONE.



OpenBeOS newsletter online

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Posted by:Deej on Wednesday, 19 Dec, 2001 @ 8:01 PM
 
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TottalyBe, which I don’t think we’ve formally greeted to the BeOS website community yet - Maverick, the maintainer of the former BeOS Central, has returned to the community with this new news site - welcome back! :D

Ah-hem, back on topic - TotallyBe noted that the newest OpenBeOS newsletter (#7) is now online. I find that these articles are good reads, and reminiscent of Be’s pre-IPO newsletters (likely on purpose ;) ).

Ignosecond, hehe, especially rings home, as a couple of days ago I experienced that very intensive moment as I realized my keys were in my other pants at the moment my apartment door shut, locked of course. :P



Palm’s 32-bit OS plans

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Posted by:Deej on Wednesday, 19 Dec, 2001 @ 7:36 PM
 
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Scottmc alerted our forum members to a couple of articles concerning Palm and their plans for the use of Be’s IP as well as the engineers that Palm has now working for them. The first article is an interview with David Nagel at the Software Development Times. The second article is from OS Opinion and talks of Palm releasing a 32-bit OS based off of the BeOS/IA code base to be released in the second half of 2002. Keep in mind that this is just speculation.

What this means for the BeUnited initative is still anyone’s guess.



Lot’s of catching up to do

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Posted by:Deej on Wednesday, 19 Dec, 2001 @ 7:08 PM
 
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Okay, so I’ve been unable to post until now. I’ll post a few items up that I can remember off the top of my head… if you want to see BeGroovy active again, start sending me some news to post (to my address linked above).

Scott Hacker, author of the BeOS Bible fame, has recently written an article entitled MacOSX Week: Tales of a BeOS Refugee, for OS News during their Mac OSX week. It’s a very good, and long, read. The summary for myself personally is that I’ll be still waiting for something to happen on the BeOS front.

So during our downtime, it seems, that some people have had varied success with Athlon XP boards and BeOS. There is some kernel patching in the works, and if you have an Athlon XP board, please help test the patch. You can catch up on that issue here.

And one last quick note, people are reporting that they have recieved their copies of Gobe Productive 3.0 for Windows. I only hope my wife bothers to send my copy to me where I’m at now. :P



BeZilla.org online

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Posted by:Ryan on Wednesday, 21 Nov, 2001 @ 2:19 PM
 
BeZilla

Just heard that bezilla.org has come online. It is a rather ambitious site maintained by arougthopher, which according to rumor is another name for “Paul”, who is a prominent BeZilla community member. It looks like the place to go for BeZilla news, questions, and downloads. Good luck to arougthopher in his quest to keep bezilla alive and kicking. I think we all should support this effort, because a modern browser is the #1 thing BeOS will need to live on. And BeZilla can answer that need.



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