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BeBox Zone interview with Joseph Palmer

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Posted by:Cougar on Saturday, 03 Dec, 2005 @ 11:34 AM

An interview with Joseph Palmer and Guillaume Desmarets was posted the other day over at the BeBox Zone. The interview covers topics about the development of the BeBox and the prototypes that were worked on in the past like the quad processor BeBox, the dual 200Mhz BeBox and more.

yT releases updated VideoEditor

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Posted by:Cougar on Wednesday, 30 Nov, 2005 @ 1:16 PM

While looking through the Downloads section on yellowTab’s site, I noticed an updated version of their VideoEditor for download. They announced the update here in german. (Update) yT also updated their english page with the news of the new VideoEditor today.

In the screenshots you can see some of the new transitions and effects: screeshot1 screenshot2

yellowTab announced about a month ago that they would release the Pro version of their VideoEditor with ZETA Deluxe Edition, so this updated version for download includes all the filters, transitions and effects from the Pro version as well as many bug fixes.

You can find the download here. Also the icon looks nice, the People icon is directing with his little hat sitting in his director’s chair :)

BeGroovy 7 - BeOS News 0

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Posted by:Deej on Tuesday, 29 Nov, 2005 @ 2:14 PM
Submitted News

No, those are not scorecard scores… they are ages. ;)

BeGroovy quietly passed it’s 7th birthday 2 weeks ago (Nov 14, 1998 - damn, has it been that long?!) - we’ve sorta all been too busy with life and holidays to have any festivities (although some are planned still). Being 7 years old in this community makes one feel old. I think le Buzz is the only website still around to consider an older brother to BeGroovy. But, being this old also brings about many younger siblings to celebrate…

Stephen B wrote in with news on his newborn BeOS News site, convincingly titled “BeOSNews“. ;) From his submission:

I’ve setup a new site called BeOSNews.com, it’s a news/pseudo-blog site for any topics related to BeOS. It mostly just aggregates/links to stories posted by other sites at the moment, but I’m also planning to regularly feature original content such as guides/howtos and software reviews.

- Stephen

So, once again, BeGroovy would like to welcome this new site to the community. And, as always, we hope it’s not the last of our younger siblings. :)

$100 Laptops

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Posted by:Deej on Thursday, 17 Nov, 2005 @ 2:39 PM

RepairmanJack wrote in a submission for the new $100 Laptop Initiative. From the article: “it will rely on open-source software”. I guess the idea of the submission is: wouldn’t it be nice to get Haiku on one of those things. :) They have flash for long term storage - anyone working on booting Haiku from flash drives?

Eventually, they are supposed to be available commercially, eventually, but as of right now, the plan is to provide them only to governments. Cool concept, rearing a whole new digital generation and all.

Heck, for a green rubber laptop at $100, I’d get my kids one, if they didn’t both have 500Mhz and greater laptops already (my older ones). :P

BeGeistert 015 photo roundup

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Posted by:Cougar on Wednesday, 12 Oct, 2005 @ 8:24 PM
General News

Many photos are now online from some of the people who attended BeGeistert 015 “The 15th Commandment” in Duisburg, Germany last weekend. There were also some nice pictures of the scenery and the industrial buildings that were around where BeGeistert was being held. Follow the links below to view the image galleries.

Il tuo Sistema
Biffuz Blog
yab presentation
BeGeistert 15 (from Michael and Maurice)
BeGeistert 15

beunited temporarily down

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Posted by:Deej on Monday, 03 Oct, 2005 @ 7:14 AM

Just wanted to post a quick note that I have been shuffling servers around, and in the process, beunited seems to have lost its’ dns “correctness”. A couple of other sites of mine have also suffered from this during the deletion of the old accounts as they were merged all under one new account. Never fear - the data is still there, as you can see at this domain, it’s just the beunited domain is no longer pointed to the right place. I’ll get it fixed tonight (port blocking at work prevents the quick fix right now), and then as dns propagates, things will return to normal. And no, there was no new news or anything there before it disappeared. :(

UPDATE: For those of you sitting at the edge of your seat (yeah, right), I’m working it… but there are bigger problems than just a bad pointer. No data loss, just roadbumps in the migration.

ESS Maestro3 /Allegro sound driver testing

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Posted by:Cougar on Saturday, 10 Sep, 2005 @ 10:43 AM

Greg Crain recently posted over at the bedrivertalk mailing list and the Bedrivers.com forum about his work on the ESS Maestro3 /Allegro sound driver. Here’s what he posted in the bedrivertalk mailing list:

Hi all,

I finally got around to tweaking the Maestro3 driver code, and it seems
to be working. I have a pretty limited test platform though on my Dell
8000 with Zeta Neo, so if you have a laptop with a ESS chip (Maestro3 or
Allegro) I
would be interested to know if it works for you.

I made a post over at the BeDrivers website in the sound drivers forum
with a bit more info.

Greg Crain

More info over at his post in the BeDrivers forums here

PLEASE NOTE this is an Initial debug release, so it could cause unpredictable problems and could cause your computer to go into KDL. Currently it only supports sound output.

So if you have a system that uses the ESS Maestro 3/Allegro chipset and have taken note of the caution mentioned above, then download and test the driver and be sure to report your results to Greg. You can find his contact info in the README file.

Chris from HaikuNews got in touch with Greg and wrote a more detailed article about the sound driver developement. For more info regarding the driver, read the article over at HaikuNews here.

BeOS moves homes again

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Posted by:Deej on Friday, 09 Sep, 2005 @ 7:26 AM
Be Inc

Man, I thought I was on top of news this morning, but IsComputerOn beat me to it. ;)

BeOS, or at least the intellectual property that was once known as BeOS, has shifted owners again. As stated in this press release, it seems a Japanese company, Access has purchased PalmSource (not Palm, the hardware portion that was known as PalmOne).

What does this mean for BeOS? Likely, Absolutely Nothing. What does it mean for PalmSource and the PalmOS? Seems they want to infuse development of the OS with an influx of cash. What does this mean to yellowTab and Zeta? Remains to be seen. But since yT had an existing agreement with Be, Inc. for developing and distributing BeOS prior to Palm’s Be, Inc. buyout, and the license remained, I’d venture to guess that the license will still stand for yT.

Not quite Be’s Pe

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Posted by:Deej on Monday, 05 Sep, 2005 @ 10:27 AM
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Paul Artz wrote in with this [links added for html]:

Hey gang
After years of less than nothing, Digital Wandering has at last made a major change in (Maarten) Hekkelman Programatuur’s almost famous and certainly ill-fated text-editor; Pepper. They have made it available as a free download. Check it out at: http://digitalwandering.com/. Hook it up to your systems’ Metrowerks and go to town! Now I wonder what to do with my collection of licenses?

< pragmat >

PS. Documentation initialization on Macintosh OS X is as dodgy as it’s ever been. Erik Sandblom’s Pepper fan page is still up at http://www.eriksrailnews.com/pepper/. And while we’re at it and having mentioned Macs, don’t overlook Pavel Cisler’s latest work on his Carbonized Eddie for Panther & Tiger http://el34.com/index.html

Just thought you Pe fans may like to keep up with this sort of news. ;)

BeOS bootdisk testers needed

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Posted by:Cougar on Sunday, 04 Sep, 2005 @ 9:15 PM
Submitted News

A call for testers has been made by mmadia who recently started work on a bootdisk archive for BeOS R5.x users. These bootdisks are made up of all possible combinations of patches (AthlonXP, IDE Replacement, RAM Limiter or no patches, etc.) depending on the problem that prevents BeOS from booting on your system.

There are several bootdisk images available in the archive, but not all of them have been tested yet so help is needed to test all of the images to ensure they work properly.

More information on where to download the images and how to create the bootdisks is available at the blog entry made by mmadia over at the beclan blog.

If you have any questions, comments, or test results, then leave a comment at the blog or contact mmadia(contact info available at the end of his blog entry).

yT vs. Marcus - Speculate on this instead…

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Posted by:Deej on Monday, 22 Aug, 2005 @ 7:33 AM
General News

If you don’t know what I’m talking about, just go look at the other BeOS/Haiku/Zeta sites out there. I’m not going to bother linking anything.

Yes, there’s controversy. Yes, there are some obvious issues between them. But it’s between them. Let it stay between them. yT has been doing very well in cleaning up their act with the community, and all in all, released a pretty good R1. And Marcus has been an invaluable asset to the community, not one of my machines hasn’t benefitted from something he’s developed. And, I’ve had my own spats with BOTH of them at one point in time in the distant BeOS past.

But this is their spat. Let them have it out, and we can all talk about it after the smoke clears. Right now, it’s all speculation, and that speculation is just fueling the community fires.

And speaking of speculation, Robert Wheeler sent this in over the weekend… seems that www.beos.com, owned by PalmSource (IP acquired in the takeover) has been renewed as recently as 18 Aug 2005. Likely, it’s just their legal department renewing domains without question of their actual need or use.

But still, let’s have a little fun and speculate on what _could_ be afoot there. ;)

Michael Speaks On WalterCon

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Posted by:Deej on Monday, 15 Aug, 2005 @ 7:19 AM

Our new “Fearless Leader” Michael Phipps (and you have to be pretty ‘fearless’ to take on what was considered impossible by a great many a few years ago to recreate BeOS from scratch - something that is coming along very nicely now) was asked by a few of us to comment on his thoughts of WalterCon 2005, and he has responded to us. Since Chris beat me to the punch in posting Michael’s response, I’m just going to link you there (vice posting it again), in case you hadn’t noticed it over on HaikuNews yet.

Ars Zeta

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Posted by:Deej on Friday, 12 Aug, 2005 @ 7:23 AM

Ars Technica, long time advocates of BeOS (they have always published worthy BeOS news to their site, more so than slash or others), have posted a lengthy review of Zeta 1.0. I’m off reading it now.

WalterCon 2.0 Quotes

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Posted by:Deej on Tuesday, 09 Aug, 2005 @ 7:06 AM
The Looney Bin

Wasn’t there this year, and I’m still bummed about that. But, Bryan upheld tradition (is it considered tradition if it’s only been done once before?), and took notes on the funnier quotes from WalterCon, out of context and all. ;) Take a look at The Looney Bin for some. Now if he’d just post a synopsis or some sort of report on the conference. ;)

BTW, I don’t have a category icon for WalterCon yet… but I’ve been itching to use the Looney Bin one for a while now - so all’s okay for now. (Or not - it doesn’t appear to be working, and I won’t be able to fix it until I get home later tonight - argh. :/ ).

BeBug Contest

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Posted by:Deej on Monday, 08 Aug, 2005 @ 2:36 PM
Art / Image

Begasus (aka Luc Schrijvers) wrote in to let everyone know that BeBug is running a wallpaper contest. The winner will be rewarded with a full ZETA 1.0. You can get more info on the contest here. I look forward to seeing some fresh graphics work in the community - I need a new wallpaper on my new Zeta install! ;)

BeGroovy Merchandise

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Posted by:Deej on Friday, 05 Aug, 2005 @ 12:42 PM
Site News

In celebration for the upcoming 7 year birthday of BeGroovy… Okay, that’s a stretch… :P

To help me pay for server fees (it’s that time again)… there’s some CafePress items I’ve put up with a “BeGroovy” brand. To start out, I’ve used a modification of the first BeGroovy logo from back in 1998 (and still visible on BeBits :P ). Each item purchased will help me pay for the BeGroovy server fees, so if you feel the need to help out, get a Retro BeGroovy Messenger Bag or Yellow T-shirt. ;) I’ll add more BeGroovy (and maybe other) branded stuff there if this proves to be helpful in paying for the cost of BeGroovy’s operations. Or, you can just help out by donating a few bucks to my PayPal account (email me for my PayPal email account).

I must thank all our visitors over the years for keep me motivated to keep the site up and running, and a special thanks to all those that have been around for most (or all) of those years. But now, I need a little more help to keep it going - it’s not that I don’t have the money too - but keeping a server running for 7 years can add up to quite a bit of cash, not a bit of which a certain significant other is appreciative of. ;)

And it will be appreciated by all those that visit here (and at least one person that I live with ;) ). Thanks. :)

Update: At Euan’s request, I put up mugs there as well. Here’s the official storefront. Yes, eventually, I’ll get a better logo for the actual storefront banner in there. :P

And, a big thanks to all for the email about keeping the site going. Just to clarify - this isn’t a “life-saving” measure. The site isn’t going away, this is just a request for a little assistance from those that can afford to help out some - 7 years does add up. :)

Zeta 1.0 Arrives

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Posted by:Deej on Friday, 29 Jul, 2005 @ 1:40 PM

Well, I recieved Zeta 1.0 yesterday. I purchased it from Purplus - thanks to the guys in the forums for the link to it at Purplus If you check the link to the BeGroovy Forums, you will see you can use the coupon code “zeta10″ or “zeta10wow” to get a discount.

In anticipation, I loaded it up on my work computer (couldn’t wait until I got home, which was good, since I didn’t get a chance to do anything with it at home). My initial reaction - Nice! For the minimal time I’ve played around with it, all’s I can say is that it’s way better and much more than what I would’ve expected from an R6 release, had Be, Inc. made it there. I’ll be posting my own in-depth review of it as I get the time to properly work with it. Until then, Chris Simmons has put up his review at HaikuNews.

Former Be Employees found at MS

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Posted by:Deej on Tuesday, 05 Jul, 2005 @ 9:19 AM

It has been discovered that a couple promenient BeOS employees (and the emphasis should be on BeOS rather than Be, Inc. employees ;) ). BeDoper snagged an interview with one of them, prior to an anomalous error. Enjoy! :)

Haiku Newsletter Issue 57

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Posted by:Cougar on Saturday, 21 May, 2005 @ 5:09 PM

Issue 57 of the Haiku Newsletter is out, you can find the newsletter here.

Java AWT moving along

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Posted by:BeGroovy Admin on Monday, 16 May, 2005 @ 5:26 PM

The esteemed Jason “aka. Maverick” VanDerMark emailed in to alert us of a recent LooneyBin posting by Bryan Varner about the Java AWT (a beunited project - thus the icon/category for this posting):

Bryan Varner has posted an update to the state of Java on BeOS. The team’s work on AWT seems to be progressing quite well as they are now able to run JEdit 4.1. Bryan has posted screenshots of JEdit here and here. Good news for everyone.

Good news indeed. We seem to be moving ever so closer to a complete desktop solution with Zeta, Haiku and Java. Too bad it can’t move along just a little bit faster. ;)

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