Linked by Eugenia Loli on Thu 28th Jul 2005 06:13 UTC, submitted by Kelly McNeill
Zeta Ever since Be, Inc. was dissolved and its BeOS technology was turned over to the Palm OS charnel house in '01, Be fans have been eagerly awaiting a successor to their favorite operating system, with very few rays of hope since. Earlier this month, however, yellowTAB released their BeOS descendent Zeta. Have Be fans finally found their savior, or is this just another failed attempt at reviving the dead? Read on this review will help you decide exactly that.
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bad reviewer, no donut...
by soapdog on Thu 28th Jul 2005 08:08 UTC
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2005-07-25

The reviewer appear to have missed some very nice points about Zeta. The review fells like it's trying to look to zeta thru macos/linux/windows glasses.

For example, the reviewer complained about the boldness of the default yellowTAB team, well, I don't like it either, that's why I use the smoke theme that gives me more screen real state and looks very elegant, this theme is bundled with zeta and one can quick coin its own custom themes using the appearance control pannel, but the reviewer forgot that.

The reviewer forgot to talk about the Drag & Drop experience of Zeta, which is way better than windows and linux and missing nothing from MacOS X. It's trully intuitive, allied with BFS queries, it can boost productivty.

He complained about Instant Messaging on Zeta, well, if he cared to access BeBits (the major BeOS/Zeta software archive) he would have found IMKIT which is a freeware that supports msn, icq and some other cool protocols and is really integrated with Zeta taking advantadge of BFS, People files and stuff.

He complained about scanners... have this guy seen SANE? Zeta is bundled with SANE so it supports more than six models... also CUPS is there.

One key point of the Zeta package that the Reviewer also forgot to tell is the applications that are bundled. The author says "apps in different stage of antiquity", that is a lie. There are old apps, yes there are. There are new ones? Of course! For example Zeta comes with a brand new media player with many features. Zeta comes with a Video Editor that can rival the first and second incarnation of iMovie. Pretty slick and powerfull with Real Time effects, these two are made by YellowTAB, so one can see how yT is focusing on developing nice apps in house. Zeta comes with GOBE 2.0 which is an old office package but trust me, i'd choose no other. If someone care, he can check the story behind gobe and appleworks...

As the reviewer said, he is not much into multimedia, well, looking at the DVD box in my desk I see written: "Zeta" and "Media OS". Zeta is a true beautifull multimidia oriented OS. The MEDIA pref pannel says it all.

The reviewer also forgot to tell things from a developer point of view and talk a little about Zeta microkernel and Zeta services (or kits), for example the media kit that does the multimedia stuff or the application kit. Also the Be API used to code using all those features is very polished and elegant. BeOS/Zeta was created to take advantadge of multiple CPUs and Multithreading from the start. Just check the "proccess controller" that comes bundled, it will give you power to manage your running process down to each of the threads. You're able to move priorities, kill threads, for each running app. Never saw those features in windows or macos x. And never saw a desktop system that could take advantadge of multiple CPUs the way Zeta does.

Heck, I own 3 Modern macintosh systems here (iMac G4 and 2 iBooks), my Zeta machine is my old Pentium 200 MMX with ATI Radeon 7000 VE and a capture card, and I CAN EDIT VIDEOS!!!! when you last thought you could do video editing in an old p200 mmx?!

I don't mean to start a flamewar here but we need a reviewer that actually understand about Zeta to the point of showing: what make Zeta unique, how Zeta can boost your computer experience and what is currently missing.

have I told you guys that MacOS X Tiger spotlight is nowhere near BFS queries?

I think I'll do a deeper review of Zeta, maybe OSNews will carry it...

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