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Yet Another BeOS Site Bites the Dust

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Posted by:Deej on Monday, 25 Jun, 2001 @ 9:40 PM
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Well, yet another BeOS website has bitten it… this time it was Yet Another BeOS Link (yaBel). Brett finally closed the doors on the site, after a long period of inactivity. Brett had this to say:

I’d like to thank each and every user that ever visited yaBel. You made it an experience worthy of my time, and I’ve enjoyed it very much. Go ahead now, and visit yet another BeOS link.


yaBel was a good site at the time, and held many a mailing list archives, as well as a headlines page showing headlines from around the BeOS communtiy. It was a sad thing when it stopped being updated, and it’s even sadder now that it’s officially of the BeOS links lists (are there still BeOS links lists? :P ). Anyhoos - thanks for riding the wave with us a while Brett… hope to see you on the other side, whichever side that may be. :)

Cappuccino runs BeOS

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Posted by:Deej on Monday, 25 Jun, 2001 @ 2:12 PM
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Not sure how old this article is, but it is a slow BeOS news week, and Mattias Toth evidently just found it on Ars Technica. Looks like a very interesting “bookshelf” PC, that, later in the article (page 3), reviewer Hannibal tested with BeOS and QNX, and reports that both were “snappy”. I, for one, love these little boxes (such as the NIC one, which I’m hoping Axel finishes the ethernet drivers for) - And this baby clocks in up to 1Ghz! Now, where can I get one of these to test stuff with? At iBuyPower, which I maxed out the system and it ran around $1700USD, for a reasonable system (minimum on everything) it ran at $1000. Anyways, thought some of you tinkerers out there would want to know. :)

Frizbe launches with BeOS Hardware List

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Posted by:Ryan on Wednesday, 20 Jun, 2001 @ 8:31 AM

Just a quick note to let everyone know that Frizbe has officially launched it’s Hardware Compatibility Database and BeOS Hardware store. A Hardware Compatibility List (HCL) that covers all the different variations has been needed for a while, since The Be Site seemingly vanished. Hopefully Frizbe will help fill that void. So get over there and help build an important resource by entering your hardware specs.

OpenSource BeOS Clone project

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Posted by:Ryan on Monday, 18 Jun, 2001 @ 8:45 AM
OS Wars

A reader pointed out this project over at Sourceforge. It is a project to modify the AtheOS code to support BeOS applications, drivers, etc… in other words, OpenSource BeOS. Its an interesting project, but I am not sure it could replace the real thing. What do you think?

TipJar Info

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Posted by:Deej on Saturday, 16 Jun, 2001 @ 3:42 AM
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Since BeForever seems to be down, I’d like to thank everyone for donating to Daniel Switkin’s TipJar, the amount was quite a bit more than expected. I’m closing that TipJar now and sending Daniel a composite check of all the tips. And, as previously posted on BeForever, you can now send in tips for David Reid, the person responsible for bringing Apache and many other ports to BeOS. To send in a tip, get a PayPal account, and send a couple bucks to “deej@beunited.org”. Let’s dig into those pockets and put in a couple of dollars here and there. At the beginning of next month, BeForever will announce a new TipJar recipient, so you only have 2 weeks to donate to David.

CNet on eVilla… and it aint good.

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Posted by:Ryan on Thursday, 14 Jun, 2001 @ 4:26 PM
Be Inc

Over at CNet, they have a pretty negative article about Sony’s eVilla. They discuss how the IA market is “poisoned”, and eVilla is going to suffer as a result. There is talk about an eVilla “sequel” with “always-on, fast access to the Internet.” It also mentions integration with other Sony companies like the record label and movie studio.

BeUnited Accepting Project Ideas

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Posted by:Deej on Wednesday, 13 Jun, 2001 @ 11:18 PM

BeUnited is now accepting potential projects for the driver fund. You can go to the newly created “Potential Projects” Forum to post hardware you’d like to see voted on, and comment to show support on which others you’d like to see. This will be used for determining which manufacturers to be contacted for specs, and which devices will be in the polls for voting on for popular demand. Go tell BeUnited what hardware you’d like to see investigated for possible support.

Toronto BUG Starting Up

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Posted by:Deej on Wednesday, 13 Jun, 2001 @ 5:07 PM
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Georges Gabereau wrote in to let everyone know about the launch of a BUG in Toronto, Canada.

The Toronto Be User Group has tentatively planned a meeting for Friday the 15th of June, 2001. We know it’s a little short notice, but we hope people can manage it. As of now we only have 3 members, but we are hoping that posting this will attract a few more.

For those interested in visiting please visit http://tbug.cjb.net for information on joining the eGroup and for info on the details of the meeting. Hope to see many people show up! If you have any specific questions email me at georges@acbm.net and I’ll get back to you ASAP.

If you live in the Toronto area, go out and pay a visit!

BeZilla 0.9.1 released

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Posted by:Ryan on Tuesday, 12 Jun, 2001 @ 6:00 PM

Just had it pointed out that as of June 7th, the mozilla release page has BeZilla 0.9.1 on it. I dont know if this is up to speed with the rest of the mozilla ports, or even if it’s news, but it is listed under the most recent version number. So, I think it is pretty good news. :)

BeOS in music video, 3dfx anew, Pavel leaves Tracker, and BeForever’s TipJar

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Posted by:Deej on Monday, 11 Jun, 2001 @ 6:15 PM
Bits N

A couple of items submitted over the past few days that I wanted to clear out…

Tentacula was watching the video clip of a french music group called Air, and the clip was “radio number one”. He noticed what appeared to be BeOS in the video clip where you see them using a computer to sample their sounds. If anyone can verify this, or better yet, grab a screenshot, let us know!

A couple people wrote in about this, and Scott Brawner submitted the link to this article on electic.com about former 3dfx employees forming a new company. Hopefully they keep the same attitude of openness towards BeOS as 3dfx did.

Technix also wrote in to alert everyone to the fact that Pavel Cisler has left the OpenTracker team and handed control over to Dianne Hackborn. Click on More to read his email.

And a final note, PayPal seems to work very well for the BeForever TipJar. Daniel’s recieved over $150 in tips thus far. BeForever notes that on the 16th of the month, David Reid, porter of many important apps such as Apache and Gimp/GTK, will get his chance again, this time with PayPal. You can PayPal me tips for Daniel until the 15th (Friday), after which, until the end of the month, it will be a second chance to tip David. Remember, even a dollar or two adds up!

BeZilla losing developers

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Posted by:Ryan on Wednesday, 06 Jun, 2001 @ 12:43 AM

Just had it pointed out to me that Wade Majors has stopped working on the BeZilla project, saying:

Some may not like to hear this, but I will no longer be working on Mozilla/BeOS. I will be happy to donate and transfer the mozillaforbeos.org domain to any user or group who wishes to do something with it. My reasons do have something to do with Be and the future of BeOS, and I am not going to try and justify those reasons here. You’ve all heard the stuff before. I wish Ham, Matt and the other moz devs still around luck.

He used to provide daily builds of BeZilla. I have also heard that Yannick Koehler has stopped working on BeZilla, though I don’t have confirmation on that. That still leaves several people on the BeZilla team, all of which are skilled and have been making progress… But they need more. BeZilla is a crucial app for BeOS, as it stops almost every complaint about a lack of browser support. Once it is up to speed with the other platforms, maintaining it won’t be as difficult. In fact, it should be relatively simple. But getting there will take a lot of help from lots of peeps. So if you can spare some time, and have “1337 skillz” involving BeOS coding, head over there and get involved.

BeOS R6 Beta appears on BeBugs

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Posted by:Ryan on Wednesday, 06 Jun, 2001 @ 12:38 AM
Be Inc

This report on bebugs is set to version BeOS/Pro, but talks about R6. There is no reason to think this actually IS R6. First of all, the bug listed is very odd, in that it provides little to no detail, and is actually called “BeOS R6 beta bug
.” Secondly, it says “same happens on my friends computer” - which would imply either a strange beta group, or some serious NDA busting. Finally, there have been rumors circulating that the latest beta release of BONE, BeOS’s new networking stack, changes the version number of BeOS to read R6 in the about box. It could simply be confusion. With all that said, until Be comments on it within their bug system, there is no way to know for sure, so let the speculation begin. Odd’s are it’s a prank, but in either case, bet the headline made your day. ;)

In related news, There has been much discussion about Be’s new OpenGL graphics layer, which is poised to be incredibly powerful, if it is ever released. NGE has been “sitting on a port of Unreal Tournament” until OpenGL is released, as stated in our forums, and the fact that Neverwinter Nights will require it. Follow that up with Soundplay 4.6 due for release with an OpenGL plugin, and one has to wonder if OpenGL is due soon. The developer of soundplay, Marco Nelissen, works for Be, Inc. and it’s hard to imagine he would prepare to release an application requiring OpenGL if OpenGL itself wasn’t due at any moment. What are your thoughts?

Update: This story is getting long, but Tim Koh of BeOutback pointed out something interesting:

1 Mozilla/6.0 (compatible; NetPositive 6.0; BeOS R6; BONE)

This line has been appearing in web logs around the net. (hint: search for netpositive in that page). Basically, a version of Net+ identifying itself as 6.0 on R6 logged onto that page on April 21st. Hmm.Update 2: Just to point out, the R6 bug has been labeled “Inappropriate” and the comment is “Funny” - So Be says its a prank.

Gobe Productive for Windows in trouble?

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Posted by:Ryan on Sunday, 03 Jun, 2001 @ 4:56 PM
Gobe Software

The Register recently ran a “MS Calls Linux a Cancer” article, which obviously caused some replies. The Register has posted the replies as a new article. The third response is what is interesting, as refers to a BeOS related company in Portland Oregon, producing software for Windows. Read on.

i-BUG reminds travellers to check for BUGs

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Posted by:Deej on Saturday, 02 Jun, 2001 @ 3:18 AM
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Dlazlo of i-BUG wrote in to remind the summer travellers to look up any BUGs in the areas they’ll be travelling to. He states:

With the summer travel season upon us here in the northern hemisphere, I’d like to encourage all traveling BeOS users to check for active BUGs and/or users in the area you will be traveling to. Find out if there’s any BUG meetings or events going on while you’re in the area. If nothing else, you could contact any known users where you’ll be visiting and have a visit. This not only ties the community closer together, it’s a wonderful way to help spread ideas, or maybe germinate a few.

Sounds like a good idea to me. If you are ever in the Denver area, look me up!

Lost Marble calling it quits on BeOS

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Posted by:Ryan on Friday, 01 Jun, 2001 @ 3:59 PM
Art / Image

Well, it’s official. Lost Marble has dropped support for BeOS, after reluctant updates in the past. The 0confirmation came in a reply to BeNews inquiries about a 2.6 release for BeOS. They sounded upset about dropping BeOS, but realistic about their business, and it is hard to fault that sort of thinking. Like they said,

When we first created Moho for BeOS, we saw a great deal of potential for multimedia artists. Now however, we can’t imagine why an animator would choose this OS. It seems that anyone doing animation on BeOS must be putting animation as a second priority behind choosing an operating system.

I would love to say that we should all hold on, and that bone/opengl/r6 will be released soon, and we can get back up to speed. But at this point, Be has let things degrade so far that I am not sure it’s possible to fix it. Oh well. I hope they try, and even more so, I hope they succeed.

PayPal Your TipJar Tips

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Posted by:Deej on Thursday, 31 May, 2001 @ 6:40 PM
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Wanted to “tip” a developer via the TipJar, featured on BeForever, but found it a bit complicated? Go ahead and PayPal your tip to me at deej@beunited.org. I’ll be sending Daniel a check of all donations plus mine on the 16th of June. Since I started this a bit later than expected, I’ll make it last until the 15th to contribute to Daniel - after that, I’ll be forwarding the check to the next developer on the 5th of the following month.

IMPORTANT: Make sure you indicate that this is a TipJar in the subject of the PayPal transaction, as this account will also be used for the BeUnited driver fund. Use “TipJar - [developer name]” in the subject to avoid any misunderstandings or delays.

BeOutback launches Australian BeOS Site

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Posted by:Ryan on Thursday, 31 May, 2001 @ 9:05 AM
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Just got an email about BeOutback, an australian Be user site, whose aim is to help beos users in australia locate each other, and help them start to promote beos. To do this, they are creating a database of australian BeOS users, so that newbies can find people with experience to talk to, etc. They ask that any australian users submit their info, and/or write articles to help out. And if you aren’t australian, i don’t think they would turn away any articles you may want to submit either. ;)

Ars Technica has a blurb on Be

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Posted by:Ryan on Tuesday, 29 May, 2001 @ 10:45 AM
Submitted News

Ars Technica is running a front page story called “The last argument of kings?” about Be and Sony’s upcoming eVilla. They remark about how unremarkable it is on first glance, but how some of the features make it more expandable, and BeIA itself is the thing that makes it special. Not much in there that Be users don’t already know, but at least we know the hardcore tech geeks are still paying attention. :)

Raycone releases InSite Constructor RC1

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Posted by:Ryan on Monday, 28 May, 2001 @ 11:29 AM
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Raycone has released InSite Constructor Release Candidate 1. It is available to all beta testers, as well as Registered owners of InSite Constructor. If you qualify, get over there and check it out, and make sure to give them your feedback so they can continue to improve it.

BeUnited Driver Initiative

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Posted by:Deej on Tuesday, 22 May, 2001 @ 3:30 PM

Well, it’s probably not quite right pluggin’ another site I work on here, but I need more eyeballs… :P

BeUnited has begun a Driver Fund initiative. Things seem to be connecting and coming together smoothly at this point. Head over to read what it’s all about, should this interest you.

Also, anyone with BeOS driver development experience that might be interested, contact me! BeUnited, and another unannounced site (no not another one of mine), are also in need of PHP and Perl coders to help out with website scripting, so if you’re interested in that… ;)

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