Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 14th Sep 2006 16:05 UTC, submitted by sogabe
Zeta IsComputerOn.com takes a first look at the ZETA's multiuser capabilities currently under development. This is "a first beta, usable but still incomplete and with bugs" reports ICO. The article uses screenshots to show what multiuser looks like in ZETA, and describes how to create user accounts, as well as some of the existing problems with the implementation which, hopefully, will be fixed before release. As Magnussoft told us a few days ago, multiuser support will be available as an update to the upcoming ZETA 1.21, but no release date is mentioned.
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BeOS - Killer App.
by looncraz on Thu 14th Sep 2006 18:25 UTC
looncraz
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2005-07-24

BeOS IS the killer app for BeOS enthusiasts.

Primarly we enjoy the ability to never worry about something once it is working. I have yet to have something not work after working once on my system, even if it seemed like it may be a fluke that something (say a sound card) started working... you did whatever was needed to fix the issue, its done.. its working.

Or perhaps because, while BeOS apps are no more stable than apps on most other platforms, the system just laughs at 99% of attempts to knock it down.

BeOS supports plenty of modern hardware, although not yet enough to compete against Windows or Linux. My development system is fairly standard, AMD Athlon XP 2000+, 512MB DDR 400, Radon 9800 PRO, Dual-Monitors, TV Attached, WinTV video capture board, Crystal Fusion sound card (just found the first card and got it), RTL8139C Network 10/100, 2x 120GB HDD, 1x DVD/CDRW, 1x CDRW, 1x SATA 80 GB, for experimental driver development, pinnacle studio Firewire (use it to control my Sony Digital Camcorder).. I can attach all of my digital cameras, my girl's camera, most USB keys so far, even my external USB HDD sparked to life after I realized I had yet to update my system's USB support drivers.

No viruses.. no confusing mess of unrecognizably-unintuitively named applications.. No restarts.. unless replacing a kernel driver, something I think should be possible to prevent in the future as well. BTW, punks, in BeOS, if you really want, you can avoid re-booting even when trying out new video drivers :-)

Oh, and when you do actually reboot, it only takes about 15~20 seconds at worst for the entire process on slow hardware (i.e. that is the performance on my 166MHz, 32MB RAM, *SERVER* here, in my house). It has yet to have a glitch or hiccup in the three months it has been since I turned the system on, with no keyboard, monitor, or mouse attached.. just power and a networking cable, I can monitor its vital signs across the network very simply. I can do anything I please with that machine, send it commands to execute applications remotely, such as .. hey.. I want to get this torrent, download it for me and keep me up to date with what is going on, I am going to be going ot bed, so I am turning this heat-furnace off.

That kind of functionality and flexibility makes the software awesome.

The quality of the community makes using it awesome.

-The loon

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