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Just a reminder

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Posted by:Yez on Friday, 20 Oct, 2006 @ 12:57 PM

For those of you who have not paid attention to the rest of the community websites, WalterCon 2006 is a go in Orlando, FL. All of the details can be found here. Because of obligations on our end, none of the BeGroovy staff will be able to make it to this year’s WalterCon but we will be with you in spirit! If you do go and have some good pictures or stories to share, please let us know.

New Zeta Available for Pre-Order

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Posted by:Yez on Tuesday, 12 Sep, 2006 @ 10:15 AM

IsComputerOn was quick to note that the latest version of Zeta is now available for pre-order from Magnussoft. Zeta 1.21 will be available in four different flavors including the retail, white box, student and upgrade versions. Prices range from 10euros to 99euros based on the version you are qualified for. You can read more here on Magnussoft’s website. Once we here at BeGroovy get our hands on a copy, we will be sure to give you a review of what we think of the new Zeta.

Vote for your favorite Haiku icon set

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Posted by:Yez on Tuesday, 12 Sep, 2006 @ 9:50 AM

As a follow-up to the last story, the contestants have submited their icon sets and are ready for you to vote on them.  You can head over to the contest page here and it has a very nice way to see what the icons look like on the Haiku desktop in varies sizes.  You can also find a link that will let you vote for your favorite set.  I think they all look great and would like to thank everyone for their hard work in putting together these sets for the competition.

Haiku is having a contest!

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Posted by:Yez on Thursday, 03 Aug, 2006 @ 3:15 PM

Ok, not the most timely news but better late than never.  Over at the Haiku site, you will see that their top bit of news is a Haiku Icon Contest.  In a nutshell, they are looking for a nice new icon set for Haiku.  All of the details and requirements can be found over at the Haiku-OS.com website.  Happy building!

Wanna be a Zeta Beta Tester?

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Posted by:Yez on Thursday, 29 Jun, 2006 @ 12:39 PM

Magnussoft (the new distributor of the OS Zeta) is looking for beta testers for future releases of Zeta and Zeta software. Head over to Zeta-OS.com and it is the top news item. For those of you that speak English, you may need to change the language settings for the site over on the left side, just below the login boxes. Note, there have been reports that, even though it doesn’t say it is a requirement, beta tester applicants need to register at zeta-os.com and have a “nickname” to put into the top section of the beta tester application form or you will run into an error when you submit the application. Also keep in mind that if you can’t keep a secret, you probably don’t want to sign up to be a beta tester. The fine print at the bottom clearly states ” 2. Be advised that if you are accepted as a tester, you will be required to agree to a non-disclosure agreement.” :-P

Haiku Podcast - Episode #2 online

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Posted by:Cougar on Thursday, 25 May, 2006 @ 12:51 AM

This month’s episode of the Haiku Podcast is available for download over at HaikuPodcast.com. In this episode, we have an interview with Michael Phipps, project leader of the Haiku OS, along with some news and a Bebits App of the month. So go ahead and check it out, and if you have any comments just post them on the site or e-mail them at: haiku at sikosis dot com

*If the haikupodcast.com link doesn’t work for you then use the following link: http://haikupodcast.blogspot.com

Zeta 1.2 On the Streets

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Posted by:Deej on Monday, 22 May, 2006 @ 8:38 AM

Memson has reported in our forums that he has received his copy of 1.2 and will post word when he gets a chance to install it. So it’s out there and available. Going to go order mine now…

Time to put your money where your mouth is.

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Posted by:Yez on Tuesday, 02 May, 2006 @ 6:08 PM

You have followed the Haiku project for a while but you haven’t go much spare time and you’re not sure exactly how to help out.  Haiku Bounties is here to help you and the Haiku community out.  The idea is simple, a centralized way to get Haiku developers and get them money for their hard work.  Currently there is a bounty out for a solid USB stack and a solid networking component.  These are both quality projects that would help out the Haiku community greatly.  Head on over and learn more at Haiku Bounties.

Google summer of code reminder *UPDATE - Haiku turned down

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Posted by:Cougar on Tuesday, 25 Apr, 2006 @ 4:39 PM
Submitted News

We received a message from Datatec to remind the Be/Haiku/Zeta community about the Google summer of code this year. Here is what he wrote:

Google announced the summer of code again, last year if I understand correctly there were no haiku/beos/zeta projects
because people who had wanted to propose some didn’t do it in time. Thought it would be good if we could post reminders across
all of the beos community sites to remind people to apply this year if they are interested.

more info about google summer of code is located at:
It especially would be good to at least see a haiku/beos/zeta(ideas) category on the above page.


There was some reminders and discussion about it on the Haiku mailing list as well. Also Michael Phipps mentioned in the mailing list that he is working on signing up Haiku, so that’s good to hear.

*UPDATE: Dang it! The day after I post this I learn that Haiku was turned down. You can read the announcement over at the Haiku-OS homepage.

Graphics driver updates *UPDATED* 04/25

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Posted by:Cougar on Sunday, 23 Apr, 2006 @ 10:34 AM

Rudolf posted some new benchmark results on his nVidia 3d driver page. The benchmarks show the speeds of the current 3D driver Alpha 4.1 and the 2D driver 0.80. The benchmark table compares the framerates achieved in Quake 2 timedemo 1 under BeOS and Windows98 second edition. A number of cards that are supported by the 3D driver were tested and he also added another table displaying benchmark results with slower machines to show how well older systems perform with the current driver. If you haven’t checked it out, go here and have a look. Also, be sure to check out Rudolf’s blog as well.

Now an update on Euan’s work on the Radeon driver. Over at the Bebits talkback section and the Bedrivers forum, a new version was posted, download here. This version has fixes for the drawing problems, some changes to the DPMS code and he changed a line in the code for flat panels which he says seemed to be forcing the flatpanel to use the 2nd CRT output. This version runs exclusively in PIO mode for the X series chips in laptops that don’t work very well. It is recommended that 7000, 8000 and 9000 series Radeon users continue using older versions of the Radeon driver for better performance (anything upto v5.1.3).

He plans for the next version to enable full performance for cards that did work fine with full acceleration. Be sure to post your results and e-mail him syslogs and any feedback regarding the new versions of the driver. For those interested in following his progress, you can find his updates over at the Bedrivers forums.

*UPDATE (Radeon driver):

As noted in Euan’s comment, laptop users should avoid using this release since a change he made to the driver turns off LCDs completely.

BeIA on the XBOX360

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Posted by:Yez on Saturday, 22 Apr, 2006 @ 6:56 AM

BeDope has done it again!  How do they get these incredible scoops?  You can get all of the specifics about how the XBOX360 with run BeIA here.  I can’t wait to spend my $400 on this piece of technology!

Helping out the community.

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Posted by:Yez on Friday, 21 Apr, 2006 @ 7:01 PM
How To Groove

As I was clicking around the community, I realized how easy it is for folks to help out.  The answer is only a click away!  An excellent example of how to help can be found in this announcement over at the Haiku-OS forums.  Specifically this part “… has added Google Ads to the site. Please consider supporting the site - you know what to do.”  Many of the websites around the community have some form of advertising and I think it would be great if everyone took the couple of seconds it takes to click on an ad or two each time you visit the site or once a day or something.  It may not seem like much but it all adds up and it all helps out the community.  Now, if I could just convince Deej to throw some ads up here, we might be able to say “thanks!” to him for all the effort he as put into the community throughout the years!

Radeon Graphics driver update

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Posted by:Cougar on Monday, 17 Apr, 2006 @ 12:53 PM

Euan posted an update over at the Bebits talkback section of the ATI Radeon graphics driver regarding working drivers for the AGP X700’s and PCI-E X300’s. Thanks goes to Adam Kirchoff for loaning Euan a Radeon card to work with. Here is the important part of Euan’s post:

This driver is fresh of the mill, therefore is for people with non-working systems only. It will reduce performance as DMA is disabled. Additionally there is a drawing bug somewhere that at 5am, I don’t feel like finding right now. (Textboxes may have corners skewed off for some reason; worse case I saw was BeIDE).

Euan would really appreciate it if people sent him their syslogs and any reports of success or failure. There is also a thread regarding Radeon driver issues available over at the Bedrivers forums.

The driver is available for download here


It… is… ALIVE!!!

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Posted by:Yez on Sunday, 16 Apr, 2006 @ 4:58 PM

Both Haiku News and ICO have reported that Firefox now runs on Haiku after the taming of an annoying bug. Tqh gives a better explanation on the BeZilla Blog. Also, there is a pretty sweet screenshot of Firefox on Haiku looking at OSnews! Fantastic job Axel and Simon!!!

New Haiku distributed computing website online

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Posted by:Yez on Saturday, 15 Apr, 2006 @ 10:21 AM
General News

TeakHaiku.com is missing in action so TeamHaiku.org has stepped in to help out.  It appears to have links to all of TeamHaiku webpages for each of the distributed computing projects that TeamHaiku is participating in as well as a link to the distributed computing section of the Haiku-OS forums.  Are you helping TeamHaiku out?  If not, pick a project and donate some of your CPU cycles to a good cause!

Now that we are back up, how about some news!

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Posted by:Yez on Saturday, 08 Apr, 2006 @ 7:52 AM

As Haiku gets closer to R1, Mr. Phipps talks about the challenges the project faces as it works to build an OS in Newsletter #61. Mr. Phipps covers some interesting points and explains why the road is long and hard but well worth taking. Enjoy!

Back Online - almost.

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Posted by:BeGroovy Admin on Friday, 07 Apr, 2006 @ 5:30 PM
Site News

Well, we’re back.   However, there is some more obvious tweaking required, and the forums and IconTarot are still down at this time, but finally, we’re getting there.  :)

Stay tuned, and sign up for a user account if you’d like to help post news!!!


UPDATE: The forums should be back now… Still have to fix that “default theme” issue, but for another day - I’m tired.  Icon Tarot to be fixed later as well.


Team Maui website available in English

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Posted by:Yez on Friday, 27 Jan, 2006 @ 12:16 PM

For those of you that like to follow the folks that are developing apps but don’t read German very well, the Team Maui website is now available in English as well as its original German version. Also, if you are a C++ dev that knows the BeAPI and wants to work on upgrading Dockbert, Team Maui is interested in talking to you. Head here for more details!

BeDoper uncovers questionable finaces of Haiku

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Posted by:Deej on Monday, 19 Dec, 2005 @ 3:15 PM

BeDoper has uncovered some interesting financial details of Haiku… my favs being Axel’s pay and Bryan’s rehab fees. :P Not to be taken seriously once again, BeDoper still posts articles more often than we do… be sure to keep your eye on them. ;)

BeOSMax.org: How about a magazine?

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Posted by:Cougar on Monday, 19 Dec, 2005 @ 12:44 PM
General News

Vasper from BeOSMax.org has offered to lead a new BeOS/ZETA/Haiku related magazine. If anyone is interested in contributing with articles, stories, ads, announcements and interviews, you can contact Vasper here.

Looks like the name of the magazine will be “Besides magazine”. You can view a picture of the initial logo here.

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