|GoBE Productive To Buy BeOS?|
|By Thom Holwerda on 2008-01-22 11:14:29|
|Does anyone remember GoBE Productive? The BeOS boys and girls among us will certainly do. Well, with money from India, they're back. "Backed by new investors, a new team and deeper pockets, GoBe Productive is now back with a vengeance promising to shake up the Office space. Blue Lotus Software Solutions, the new company founded by a clutch of new investors and with equity participation by GoBe Corporation, has launched the product again from India." They will initially offer a Windows version, but a Mac and Linux version (using Java) are on the horizon. There is a more interesting bit at the end of the article, though: "Blue Lotus is already planning for its next foray and is negotiating to buy out the BEOS operating system from the promoters of BE Inc, which was the original owner of GoBe Productive, but were driven to bankruptcy as they were unable to compete with Microsoft." In fact: "We are in discussions to acquire the BEOS and hope to close the deal soon." Since I ate eggs this morning for breakfast, my jar of salt is still on the kitchen top, and most likely for the better: someone should call these guys and tell them that most likely, no one will answer the phone in Menlo Park. Instant update: More on the re-launch of GoBE Productive. The GoBE website sees no updates. Update II: My remark concerning phone answering in Menlo Park may be off the mark: welcome the corporate promoter, which, in this case, could refer to Access.|
|By merkoth on 2008-01-22 11:39:53|
|It's great to se GoBE up on its feet again but, what could they use BeOS for? Maybe a one-stop enterprise desktop solution? A lightweight OS plus a full-featured, lightweight office suite would be interesting for bussiness with tight budgets perhaps.|
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|By Brunis on 2008-01-22 11:44:21|
|Companies with tight budgets use 'copies' ..they don't exclude themselves from the rest of the world by using software noone else are compatible with.|
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|Why buy BeOS...|
|By FreeGamer on 2008-01-22 11:51:08|
|...when you could hire a few Haiku hackers?|
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|Comment by Fransexy|
|By Fransexy on 2008-01-22 12:01:01|
|I hope they buy it and develop it.It would be pity that this awesome OS die on a drawer in a wharehouse|
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|New song, same dance?|
|By neowolf on 2008-01-22 12:04:13|
|Not sure what to think about this. Certainly unexpected but I'm not about to hold my breath. A small time company's already smashed dreams of BeOS returning. Meanwhile Haiku creeps closer and closer to filling that void in a way that's considerably harder to take away.|
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|Weird but exciting news|
|By Buck on 2008-01-22 12:15:22|
|Don't know what to think of this announcement. Possibly it's just a misunderstanding on somebody's part... An office suite company doesn't need a whole OS, they have enough things to worry about regarding the product they have and bringing a heavy giant that an operating system is into the mix isn't going to help anyone. At least I guess they should first concentrate on what they have rather than jumping into OS business...|
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|By sb56637 on 2008-01-22 12:32:47|
|A Java version of GoBE Productive? Ugh, that violates practically every BeOS principle about being lightweight and responsive.|
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|Why bother with BeOS?|
|By bryanv on 2008-01-22 12:35:45|
Pay five full-time Haiku developers. |
It'll be cheaper, it's got a stronger brand at this point (the project hasn't had two failed commercial ventures around it), it's far more posix-compliant, we have ports underway that BeOS will -choke-and-die- on, we've actually been doing development for the last seven years, and I think the code base is probably on par quality wise.
Bringing back GoBe: Cool!
Trying to resurrect BeOS: Stupid.
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|RE: Java version?|
|By bryanv on 2008-01-22 12:38:14|
Not if they did it right. |
But they won't (hardly anyone does), so you're probably right.
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|By pistooli on 2008-01-22 12:42:11|
with all respect... we have seen articles about this product to be OpenSourced... in 2002... |
"The news from the Gobe Software front seem to be slightly sad, but only at first glance. Sad because, Gobe as we know it is no more, as it sold the gobeProductive source code and rights to FreeRadicalSoftware, Inc. However, FreeRadicalSoftware's business plan requires them to GPL the popular office suite, allowing everyone to access gobeProductive's source for Windows, Linux and even BeOS. The official announcement is expected next week. FreeRadicalSoftware was created recently by the ex-boss of Gobe Software, Bruce Hammond, and some other ex-Gobe and non-Gobe people."
seeing is believing... :) lets wait for the product!
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