Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 4th Apr 2007 21:29 UTC
Zeta A lot of things have happened in the past few days concerning Zeta, BeOS, and Haiku. In order to create some order in the chaos, Eugenia and I have created a rough timeline of what happened the past 6-7 years. Read on for the timeline and some more thoughts on the matter. Update: Magnusoft ceases distribution of Zeta. Update II: Access answered the questions posed in the article.
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Comment by ormandj
by ormandj on Wed 4th Apr 2007 21:48 UTC
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This short timeline elicits a few interesting questions. Why did Palmsource decline to talk with Bernd Korz? Why did Palmsource never took any legal action against YellowTAB (that we know of)? Why has Access been so secretive about their actions against Zeta? Why did they choose a comments' section on a news site to speak in public about this for the first time? Are the recent talks between Access and Haiku a mere coincidence?

Those questions have already been answered time and again in multiple posts in the previous articles.

1) They had no interest in selling BeOS/giving rights to BeOS. Why waste time if there is no intention to ever part with the source?

2) I've stated it a billion times. Legal reasons. It did not behoove ACCESS to make public statements concerning Zeta, as it would have cost them far more than they could have ever gotten out of it. Simple economics/business.

3) English errors not withstanding, see #2.

4) Why not? They didn't feel it merited front page exposure on their website, "Lefty" was trying to avoid negativity on ACCESS's pages, etc. There are surely a million reasons.

[Edit: The above are just some possible reasons. I am not speaking on "Lefty"'s behalf, only suggesting some possibilities/logical reasons - of which there are MANY.]

5) From what I understand, the talks have been ongoing, and ACCESS has always been cooperative with Haiku.

What exactly is the point of this "timeline" and commentary? Another defense in disguise? That's what it sounds like. If you're attempting to bring the "other side of the story" to light, you might have wanted to wait until Bernd's official statement is out, joke as it might be.

Edited 2007-04-04 21:52 UTC

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