Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 29th Dec 2008 17:10 UTC, submitted by jeanmarc
BeOS & Derivatives A long time ago, when Windows was busy crashing into walls, when the Mac OS was running around naked in the woods looking for someone to protect its memory, and when Linux was frantically jumping up and down with a lollipop in its mouth, we were blessed with the BeOS. It was new, free of legacy nonsense, fast, and designed from the ground-up to make sense (which it didn't, but at least they tried). It could do all sorts of fancy stuff that the other operating systems could only dream of, but at the same time, trivial things like actually getting networking and the internet to work brought it to its knees. Sadly, it didn't make it because Windows and the Mac OS were bullying BeOS, and of course it didn't help that BeOS' parents didn't really know anything about the real world either. The community around BeOS, however, never really died out, and the central hub, BeBits, weathered all storms. It found a new owner today.
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Wish
by dmrio on Mon 29th Dec 2008 17:37 UTC
dmrio
Member since:
2005-08-26

Long life to BeBits!

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RE: Wish
by Tuishimi on Tue 30th Dec 2008 06:26 UTC in reply to "Wish"
Tuishimi Member since:
2005-07-06

Here! Here!

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Round of applause.
by BiPolar on Mon 29th Dec 2008 17:45 UTC
BiPolar
Member since:
2007-07-06

Please, join me for a round of applause for Sean, Greg, and not to forget, Marvin, the good old server!

Your work was instrumental in "keeping BeOS alive".
So long, and thanks for all the fish!

(Standing ovation)

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RE: Round of applause.
by sbergman27 on Mon 29th Dec 2008 17:52 UTC in reply to "Round of applause."
sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

and not to forget, Marvin, the good old server!

Would that happen to be Marvin with the terrible pain in all the diodes down his left side? Or Marvin the Martian? ;-)

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RE: Round of applause.
by merkoth on Mon 29th Dec 2008 18:29 UTC in reply to "Round of applause."
merkoth Member since:
2006-09-22

I gladly join the ovation. Long life BeBits and many thanks to the founders ;)

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RE: Round of applause.
by TQH ! on Mon 29th Dec 2008 20:17 UTC in reply to "Round of applause."
TQH ! Member since:
2006-03-16

Yes. Thanks for the time and work that went into building and maintaining BeBits.

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I hate to say it, I hate to say...
by Buck on Mon 29th Dec 2008 18:07 UTC
Buck
Member since:
2005-06-29

but it's probably Berndt.

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ride01 Member since:
2005-09-23

Haha

I love BeBits. I've always wanted a BeBits for Linux, and am glad to see that GnomeFiles exists.

To the new owner, please don't change things TOO much ;)

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poundsmack Member since:
2005-07-13

hahah I love the statment, "I've always wanted a BeBits for Linux." as BeBits itself was a Freshmeat for BeOS ;) .

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Bobthearch Member since:
2006-01-27

but it's probably Berndt.


That's pretty funny.

Now go wash your mouth out with soap. ;)

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Valhalla Member since:
2006-01-24

Yep! And he is going to use it to launch his new Haiku fork, Zaiku!

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beosfrance Member since:
2007-04-10

Benrd T Korz didn't show on forums, BeGeistert, mailing-list or commits for 2 years now...

I think we can say that he is not part of the community anymore. Beside the benefic growing community effect that the Zeta project had, i assume to say that it's not a bad thing in the end (no personnal feeling against him anyhow)

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Long Live BeBits
by Bobthearch on Mon 29th Dec 2008 20:33 UTC
Bobthearch
Member since:
2006-01-27

Glad to see that BeBits is being passed on, rather than fading away as many sites do. For those of us who still use BeOS occasionally, BeBits is a priceless resource.

Reply Score: 2

JonathanBThompson
Member since:
2006-05-26

Would logically be Dane Scott of TuneTracker fame: AFAIK, TuneTracker, along with SoundPlay, are the most commercially-successful apps for the OS that have been in use and updated (GoBe Productive has almost certainly sold more copies, I'm sure SoundPlay has, but TuneTracker is still in active development as we type, and as long as hardware exists that can run it, it seems probable to remain that way) so as such, it seems like the one with the most financial vested interest to see that the community keeps BeBits up and functional is Dane Scott, if only to assure that BeOS/Haiku retains enough critical mass.

However, I could be wrong, and it could also very well be someone we all know that runs a certain BeOS chat server where BeShare is used ;)

Reply Score: 4

beosfrance Member since:
2007-04-10

I would give my voice to Karl from HaikuWare, or the BeFan guys with their new HCS label ("Haiku Community Support").
But yeah, Dane Scott would also be a good choise, beside the fact that i don't think he has time for that ...

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I hope it doesnt
by ChrisA on Tue 30th Dec 2008 01:56 UTC
ChrisA
Member since:
2006-05-06

Get turned over to the BeOS wannabes, Roberto Dohnert of PC/OS or ZevenOS's Lars. If it gets turned over to them, the sites done.

Long life to BeBits, heres hoping PC/OS and ZevenOS go to hell.

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not likely
by jonas.kirilla on Tue 30th Dec 2008 14:37 UTC in reply to "I hope it doesnt"
jonas.kirilla Member since:
2005-07-11

Someone pushing a Linux-based "BeOS" is not likely to see much value in BeBits. 1: The software published on BeBits will not run on Linux. 2: Popular Linux distros use a package manager of some kind. I think that is where you're supposed to look first, for additional software, rather than visiting a product-specific website or a software catalogue (like BeBits).

I find it unlikely that someone would find value in changing BeBits' focus from BeOS/Zeta/Haiku to something else. The only non-BeOS synergy I can think of would be adding Syllable as a supported platform, but this too is unlikely. I don't think they'd be interested and they are clearly capable of creating their own infrastructure.

Edited 2008-12-30 14:42 UTC

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new owner?
by ari-free on Tue 30th Dec 2008 17:09 UTC
ari-free
Member since:
2007-01-22

first thing they should do is change the headlines. I get

Zeta RC1 Available for Purchase
Microsoft pays Be $23.25M settlement in anti-trust case
A New Version of BeOS Is Very Near

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RE: new owner?
by MYOB on Tue 30th Dec 2008 17:47 UTC in reply to "new owner?"
MYOB Member since:
2005-06-29

Those news headlines are fed in off a number of sites, including here - and in the case of those three antiques, BeFAQS.com. Which is gone, so I suspect they've cached the last few headlines...

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