Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 10th Sep 2006 20:38 UTC, submitted by fudel
Zeta Magnussoft, the company now responsible for development on Zeta, has announced it is accepting pre-orders for Zeta 1.21. This new release will include multi-user support, will be built with GCC4, among other improvements. Bernd Korz's weblog contains more information. Korz was (is?) the CEO of YellowTAB, the company that started Zeta. Read on for a short editorial on this announcement.
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RE[2]: Question
by Anonymous Penguin on Mon 11th Sep 2006 01:53 UTC in reply to "RE: Question"
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Repeating Linux success story will be pretty difficult.
1)Linux was/is free and open source; this means that users will happily downoad it and give it a try. Developers have been attracted by the thousands.
2) The hardware situation has changed in recent years. Even Linux is struggling to keep up with the very fast pace. Apple has given up althogeter and will support only a limited set of hardware.
3)Software. People have been spoiled with thousands of applications, often of very high quality. Only Microsoft has managed to fully satisfy its customers by attracting plenty of developers/software companies.
Linux and Apple have plenty of apps, and yet people keep complaining, because they miss their Microsoft-only favorites.
4)Attracting enough developers will be extremely difficult. I used to believe it would be more difficult for closed source projects like SkyOS or Zeta, but it seems that Haiku or Syllable aren't doing a lot better from that point of view. Why? Who knows, maybe far too many OSS projects, and small operating systems might not be among the most attractive.

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