I may be able to help supply the requested definition of the "topic" of this mailing list. OpenBeOS is an all-volunteer collaborative effort to create an open-source functional replica of BeOS Release 5 (R5). This replication effort will result, initially, in an operating system that is commonly called OBOS R1. Since the functionality of R5 is a fixed and known quantity, discussions concerning possible *other* functionality that might be included in OpenBeOS Release 1 are moot and off-topic on this list, arguably. Discussions focused on ways and means of achieving the agreed-upon present goals of the project are right on topic. Future iterations of OpenBeOS (namely, R2 and beyond) may very well include dramatic new functionality that diverges from BeOS R5 and builds upon it in "modernizing" ways. Discussions of possible futures for OBOS are the focus of a different mailing list, namely, the Glass Elevator list. It's a great mailing list. Freaking smart computer users and developers discuss their wildest dreams for the ultimate computing platform... You should sign up. Best regards, Czeslaw Czapla Portland, Oregon > From: <kevin.lawton@xxxxxx> > Reply-To: openbeos@xxxxxxxxxxxxx > Date: Wed, 12 Nov 2003 15:27:41 -0000 > To: <openbeos@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> > Subject: [openbeos] Re: Linux v. OBOS > > If you assert that discussing the relative merits of other op systems is > somehow 'off-topic' within the context of discussing what might be important > or superfluous within OpenBeOS, please could you at least define what the > 'topic' actually is ?