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3ivX not released on BeOS yet

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Posted by:Ryan on Saturday, 16 Dec, 2000 @ 2:30 AM
 
Codec

Well.. in a stunning move of not-so-coolness, 3ivx launched today, but only with a windows version and a note that the BeOS version will “Take a little longer”. It is listed on their page, and their commitment seems to be intact, but it looks like another waiting game has begun. Oh well. Time to offer our support and let them know how much we want it… Maybe we can get it pushed up on their schedule. On the upside, this will allow lots of content to be created before our codec is released.



What would happen to Linux if BeOS were GPL’ed

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Posted by:Ryan on Saturday, 16 Dec, 2000 @ 12:18 AM
 
Software

Slashdot has an interesting story asking Slashdot readers what would happen to Linux if BeOS we’re GPL’ed. While BeOS will almost certainly never be opensourced due to licensed code and the fact that it shares a lot of code with BeIA, it is an interesting discussion. Be warned though.. the article is about the effect on linux, and not on the software world as a whole. And Slashdot readers tend to be pretty closed minded about anything being better than Linux. (not that BeOS users are consistently rational) My advice is to take the high road. Read along and correct false information, while avoiding getting trapped in a religious war.



Nvidia purchases 3dfx

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Posted by:Ryan on Friday, 15 Dec, 2000 @ 7:00 PM
 
Hardware

3dfx has just announced that it will be purchased by Nvidia. 3dfx make the voodoo range of graphics cards, and traditionally have been the best supported cards under BeOS. Nvidia makes the leading windows 3d graphics card, the GeForce2. Nvidia has traditionally declined to provide Be with the information needed to create BeOS drivers. It is not yet known what will happen to the 3dfx product line, or if they will continue to be open with the needed specs for BeOS drivers. Time to support ATI Radeons and Matrox G400s?



bwfund.begroovy.com launched

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Posted by:Ryan on Friday, 15 Dec, 2000 @ 8:42 AM
 
Site News

Just launched bwfund.begroovy.com to help track the status of the Black & White port fund, which is working to get Black & White on BeOS. While the page is very basic now, it will be updated with new information and features as the information is found or features are requested. In a related note (it’s site news anyway) - it seems to have snowed around here…. ;)



Opera acquires Hern Labs

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Posted by:Ryan on Thursday, 14 Dec, 2000 @ 11:00 AM
 
Submitted News

Hern Labs, known for porting the Opera webbrowser to BeOS, has been acquired by Opera Software. This is a very interesting turn of events, as it actually removes one of the parties involved in Opera on BeOS. Now it’s just Opera, and Be. Could this lead to faster development of 4.0 (or 5.0) on BeOS? I have no idea. What do you think?



Auras, Bunnies, Games, BeIA, and a hardware device named after a city in Brazil

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Posted by:Ryan on Wednesday, 13 Dec, 2000 @ 11:56 PM
 
Bits N

Lots of little things to point out for you, and a few updates on things we already mentioned…. Basically, i am too busy to write lots of articles, and i want some of the recent stuff to stay on the frontpage. Thus a massive news drop all at once. Read on and let the comments be plentiful…
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Movie Review: Dungeons & Dragons

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Posted by:Ryan on Tuesday, 12 Dec, 2000 @ 2:54 AM
 
Film / Movie

In the first part of a continuning series, BeGroovy’s resident movie reviewer, Ruprect, has a review of what could possibly the geekiest movie of the year, if not the decade. Dungeons & Dragons. Read on for the review, as well as an introduction to the BeGroovy Film category.
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Interview: Marco Nelissen

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Posted by:Ryan on Sunday, 10 Dec, 2000 @ 9:30 PM
 
Interview

Continuing in our amazing series of great interviews with key players in the BeOS community (not to mention our trademark modesty), We are glad to bring you an interview with Marco Nelissen, creator of many great apps including SoundPlay. Read on for more…

UPDATE: Marco has sent us a screenshot of the next soundplay running the new VU meter, as well as a few VST plugins. Looking GOOD. :)
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New BMessage posted. It rules. No, really.

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Posted by:Ryan on Wednesday, 06 Dec, 2000 @ 8:52 PM
 
Be Inc

Ladies and gentlemen, I think Be is starting to see the need to support their community a bit more directly. In the the new BMessage on their site, there are several very nice articles. JLG talks about wireless, such as bluetooth. Lee Williams directly tackles the issue of co-development, in a great article, basically explaining Be’s seeming silence. Very reassuring. Finally, Jon Watte has written an article about a whole new portion of the media kit api called game_audio, which is apparently pretty nice. While they have done the BMessage for a while, this one is especially nice. This thing made my day. :)



Black and White port fund announced

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Posted by:Ryan on Wednesday, 06 Dec, 2000 @ 5:18 PM
 
Playin

Ok. So the announcement of Black & White’s port being in question seemed to upset quite a few people. It upset me as well. People started talking of ways to save it, and I offered to help. Soon a completely insane, and very unlikely plan was formed. Read on..UPDATE: Had to upgrade account types to handle the flood (no joke) at paypal, so now they take a small fee of 30cents + 2.2% from incoming payments. This can not be refunded, because i can’t afford to cover the cost. People who have contributed before this change have been marked, and will not have to worry about this.
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Interview: Kenny Carruthers

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Posted by:Ryan on Tuesday, 05 Dec, 2000 @ 2:32 AM
 
Interview

Recently BeGroovy reporters Scar and Technix did what can only be described as “bombarding” Kenny Carruthers with questions. After the resulting rubble was sorted through, we ended up with a rather large 6 page interview on everything from Postmaster 2.0, to Be Inc, to BeIA, to his stint at Apple. Party on.
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Site5.com offers BeGroovy readers discount

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Posted by:Ryan on Tuesday, 05 Dec, 2000 @ 2:18 AM
 
Site News

Right. This isn’t really BeOS news, unless you are a BeOS web developer looking for a great, inexpensive web host AND a special BeGroovy discount. If so, read on. If not, just know that site5.com goes above and beyond to support BeGroovy and thus the community, and we are just trying to give a little back.
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Quick updates: Jabber, Pepper, and OpenPhone Internet Telephony

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Posted by:Ryan on Tuesday, 05 Dec, 2000 @ 1:47 AM
 
Bits N

Recently there has been a flurry of brief updates about various interesting apps being developed for BeOS. This news has involved a beos Jabber client, a new text editor from the creator of Pe, and an interesting internet telephony app. Read on for details.
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Black & White BeOS port in peril

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Posted by:Ryan on Monday, 04 Dec, 2000 @ 3:53 PM
 
Playin

As part of our neverending quest to get updates on large BeOS ports, BeGroovy’s own game-people-tracker-downer-person Scar managed to… well.. track down someone inside Lionhead for the scoop on Black and White, and the scoop ain’t good folks… Read on for the painful truth.
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A few comments on comments

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Posted by:Ryan on Sunday, 03 Dec, 2000 @ 2:26 PM
 
Site News

A brief treatise in which Nutcase rants about the various bickerings and attitudes prevelant in todays community, be you a Developer, a User, an Ex-User, or just a reader. Common Sense in a can, for a community which seems to have lost it. Read on…
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InsideBeOS Shipping, European sales hurting

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Posted by:Ryan on Saturday, 02 Dec, 2000 @ 12:15 AM
 
Inside BeOS Magazine

Just a quick note to let you all know what the status is on the shipment of the Inside BeOS magazine discussed a few weeks ago. Bernd Korz of Inside BeOS wrote us to let us know that the magazine finished it’s print run this week, and they are shipping now. They will attempt airmail to speed delivery. He also mentioned that they have only sold a portion of what they needed to sell to break even with the BeUsers in Europe. So if there are 25-30 more of you in Europe who feel like helping Inside BeOS stay afloat and out of debt, why not order a copy now?



Opera 5 for windows in December… no word on BeOS version yet

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Posted by:Ryan on Friday, 01 Dec, 2000 @ 10:42 AM
 
Submitted News

Opera is expected to announce Opera 5 for windows next week, according to this article on zdnet. The release is rumored to be free in an ad supported version, where banners appear in the browser itself. According to an article at the german site C’t Magazine / heise online, a registered version will be available which removes the ads. The only question left is about a BeOS version. When Zdnet asked about the other platforms, Opera officials would not comment.



3ivx codec to be released on December 15th.

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Posted by:Ryan on Friday, 01 Dec, 2000 @ 12:35 AM
 
Codec

Happy Machines, a company whos’ staff includes the orignial Divx coders, has just announced the December 15th release of 3ivx, their newest MPEG-4 codec. The release will simultaneously support 5 platforms, including Windows, Macintosh, *nix, BeOS, and Amiga. This thing has all the makings of the newest video codec of choice, and BeOS is a native platform. Sounds good to me. Read on for the full release…
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Private Messaging added to BeGroovy Forums

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Posted by:Ryan on Thursday, 30 Nov, 2000 @ 12:04 AM
 
Forums

I just added some GREAT new features to the BeGroovy Forums for all of you…. Private Messaging and and Ignore list! Now you can send private messages between forum members, and you can choose to ignore any member(s) of the forums you want. If you haven’t yet tried our forums, now’s a great time to check em out. They are a great community resource. If you have tried the forums, get over there and play!



Be COO, Steve Sakoman, appointed to Board of Directors

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Posted by:Ryan on Wednesday, 29 Nov, 2000 @ 11:18 AM
 
Be Inc

Be, Inc. just announced that Be’s Chief Operating Officer, Steve Sakoman, has been appointed to the Be Board of Directors. He is replacing Christian Marchandise, who is leaving due to “time and logistical constraints of attending of attending Be’s board meetings” because he’s usually in Europe. Congratulations on the new position Steve! Read on for the press release.
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