BeOS GUI as X-Windows replacement for Linux

2003-12-28
2004-01-03
  • Greg Thomas
    Greg Thomas
    2003-12-28

    BeOS is a very nice fast OS perfect for single user opperation with a wonderfully responsive GUI. Linux is a nice powerful multi user OS which is great for servers but X-Windows is very old and patched to tears to try and keep up with the modern world. There was a story on Slashdot while back (http://developers.slashdot.org/developers/03/09/28/016208.shtml?tid=104&tid=189) about coming up with a completely modern total relpacement for X windows called Y(http://www.doc.ic.ac.uk/~mbt99/Y/)

    This got me thinking about the idea of Linux using the BeOS GUI as that replacement. There would be extra stuff needed to be added which would be wonderful for BeOS. Any software written for Linux based on this GUI would be very easy to port over to the new BeOS with that new GUI. Imagine Borland coming out with the new version of Kylix (C++ Delphi for Linux) which supports this new GUI - well it would be a fairly small effort to also make that same compiler produce BeOS as well as Linux code if they see BeOS starting to pick up pace.

    So if you were to think about the idea of joining forces with some people with common goals but simply on a different OS, how much benefit can you imagine could come out of their extra resources and ideas and desire to make Linux fast like BeOS?

     
    • Czeslaw Czapla
      Czeslaw Czapla
      2003-12-29

      You may find the following projects interesting:

      BlueEyedOS
      http://www.blueeyedos.com/

      Cosmoe
      http://www.cosmoe.com/

      BeFree
      http://befree.berlios.de/about.php

      Of course, my own heart belongs to OpenBeOS...  :-)

      Czeslaw Czapla

       
    • Greg Thomas
      Greg Thomas
      2004-01-01

      Thanks for the links!

      Those first two are exciting projects, paricuarly B.E.OS

      Unfortunately the last link is broken. Could you give me a brief summary on what it is about?

      I'll tell you what I really want (and perhaps B.E.OS can do it) is to be able to run Windows software on the BeOS GUI. Linux and BeOS software would be a bonus but there is not so much of that and I want an OS which can run the majority of software in the future with a 'leather glove feel' GUI/OS :-)

       
    • Czeslaw Czapla
      Czeslaw Czapla
      2004-01-02

      Hmmm, I'm sorry about that broken link for the BeFree project. It appears that the (hosting) BerliOS web server is down at this time. :-( 

      (BerliOS is an opensource development site similarly to SourceForge, but based in Germany rather than in the US. I expect that it will resume service shortly.... It's too well-established to vanish.)

      Try these links instead:

      BeFree Page at FreshMeat.net:
      http://freshmeat.net/projects/befree/?topic_id=55%2C809%2C143

      OSNews.com story on BeFree 0.1.0:
      http://www.osnews.com/story.php?news_id=3579

      OSNews.com story on BeFree 0.1.1:
      http://www.osnews.com/story.php?news_id=4099

      OSNews.com story on first-released BeFree screenshot:
      http://www.osnews.com/story.php?news_id=5535

      (OSNews also runs frequent stories on the Amiga scene that may interest you.)

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      In light of your interest in running Windows applications under BeOS, you may also find this Windows-emulation project interesting:

      Win4Be at BeBits.com:
      http://www.bebits.com/app/3411

      Developer's own Win4Be site:
      http://www.silenceofthefans.com/index3.php?id=win4be

      There is a similar project called WinBe that being undertaken by some BeOS hackers in Japan. See details here:

      http://sourceforge.net/projects/winbe/

      And here:

      http://winbe.twintail.org/  (Click on "Summary" link.)

      And, finally, here:

      http://wiki.bebits.com/page/WinBe

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      Enjoy!

      Czeslaw Czapla

       
    • Cian Duffy
      Cian Duffy
      2004-01-03

      Win4Be = WinBe's source code expanded....