Linked by Eugenia Loli on Sat 4th Apr 2009 05:36 UTC
Multimedia, AV "Firefly" is the best Joss Whedon work to date, but I always try to give the benefit of the doubt on new sci-fi shows. So tonight, as I was watching "Dollhouse" on TV with my ex-Be engineer husband, JBQ (currently at Android, along with many other ex-Be engineers), I noticed something familiar at the Dollhouse supervisor's computer screen. It seems that the Dollhouse's business runs on... BeOS. Click in for some snapshots of the scene. Update: mikesum32 tells us that they used a screenshot of BeOS full screen! In the screenshot BeShare and 'Jabber for BeOS' were open. I recognize quite a few names in their lists (some of them are OSNews readers to this day), so congrats for those who made it to... TV!
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Possibly ZevenOS
by davidiwharper on Sat 4th Apr 2009 06:49 UTC
davidiwharper
Member since:
2006-01-01

This could also be ZevenOS - http://www.zevenos.com/ - which is basically Ubuntu designed to look and feel just like the old BeOS.

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RE: Possibly ZevenOS
by Eugenia on Sat 4th Apr 2009 06:58 in reply to "Possibly ZevenOS"
Eugenia Member since:
2005-06-28

No, the Zevenos logo in the taskbar is different. It's not very visible on the actual pictures, but when watching the frame on the TV it's clearly the BeOS logo. I don't think that they went into extra work to make the Zevenos logo look like BeOS.

There was also another scene with that monitor and I could see some other, very BeOS-like apps in there. Either they are using a very old PC there where BeOS can run, or whoever put that prop together for the series has hacked BeOS' guts a lot to make it run on newer PCs.

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RE[2]: Possibly ZevenOS
by oxygene on Sat 4th Apr 2009 11:50 in reply to "RE: Possibly ZevenOS"
oxygene Member since:
2005-07-07

or used some beos demo video as prop, playing in windows media player.

And then they probably used beos figuring that it
a) looks unknown enough to be "special"
b) no-one cares about them using such old material

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RE[2]: Possibly ZevenOS
by looncraz on Mon 6th Apr 2009 07:45 in reply to "RE: Possibly ZevenOS"
looncraz Member since:
2005-07-24

Either they are using a very old PC there where BeOS can run, or whoever put that prop together for the series has hacked BeOS' guts a lot to make it run on newer PCs.



I have been running BeOS as my primary OS since July 1998. I have found nothing that compares ( though I use many other OSes ).

In fact, I am currently running BeOS R5.1d0 (Dano) hacked to all heck'n'back. My biggest hassle is in not having 48-bit LBA support. Otherwise BeOS is still the best. It does more of what I need, and I learned to program to the Be API originally, so I am the most comfortable :-)

And my computer is always modern:

Asrock 775Dual-VSTA
Intel Core 2 Duo E7200
Swiftech Water cooling w/ thermaltake pump & reservoir
OCZ DDR2 1066, 2 GB
5x HDDs, 120x2(IDE), 80x3 (IDE, 2xSATA)
16x DVD-RW
ATI Radeon x850

That is all that really matters :-)

BeOS DID hold me back on a couple of items, namely the HD range of ATI cards, and larger hard drives.

I ran out of hard drive space so I assembled some spare parts into a server and threw in about 290 GB of hard drives in order to offload some archived movies, and provide a backup medium.

I'm started working on a custom ftp file system driver for BeOS today, hopefully I'll get it going tomorrow - I could almost never hope to do that on another OS without borrowing lots of code - and I hate not knowing every tiny little detail of what is going on.

The server runs Ubuntu mini, gproftpd, and XFCE just for kicks :-)

Hmm... I'm off track...

/me shouldn't post on the web after coding for hours past midnite...

--The loon

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