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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I'll tell you why...
by lucky13 on Wed 4th Apr 2007 22:48 UTC
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Why did Palmsource decline to talk with Bernd Korz?

Because they probably had no interest in licensing something that wouldn't generate revenue. And I think that's something that gets overlooked in all the zeal about how great Be was. It wasn't a great business, it wasn't a great business model, and it wasn't greatly demanded by the public.

There's a very practical reason Be died, why Palm did little if anything to resuscitate it themselves, and why everything associated with it since then has failed: there's not enough commercial demand for Be to make it economically feasible. There weren't enough users when it was contemporary, there aren't enough now to make it worth resurrecting. If there were, we wouldn't be discussing who's distributing or not distributing Zeta this particular week.

(After reading Eugenia's World Plan on her blog last weekend, I'm pretty sure the economics and business part of it is totally lost on her.)

Why did Palmsource never took any legal action against YellowTAB (that we know of)?

For the same reason Access says they haven't: it wouldn't be in their financial interest to do so. For the same reason bank robbers rob banks and lawyers rob insurance companies and auto or gun manufacturers instead of poor people actually responsible for crashes and gunshot wounds: it's all about who has the money.

YellowTab and Magnussoft don't have deep pockets, the product never sold like gangbusters, and Bernd (if he went beyond whatever license agreement he had) isn't important enough to sue. The only remaining reason anyone would sue is out of principle, and it would be more costly for them than anyone they accused of IP infringement.

Napster was a prime example of when someone would sue for IP infringement. Millions of people were using it and the media companies feared losing their shirts over it. BeOS/Zeta aren't used by millions, there's no groundswell for BeOS or Zeta, so there's no interest protected in suing.

Why has Access been so secretive about their actions against Zeta?

Because nothing is served by giving the issue any publicity. Sometimes it's best to conduct these matters privately and let things wither naturally. Do you really think they ever feared Zeta would catch on like wildfire and take over the world's desktops? Hahaha! If they had ANY fear of that, it would've been a big deal. Letting Zeta die as quickly as possible served all their interests.

Why did they choose a comments' section on a news site to speak in public about this for the first time?

How certain are you that that's actually the case? And what difference does that make if they indeed own the IP related to Be and Zeta is an infringement?

Are the recent talks between Access and Haiku a mere coincidence?

Maybe your tinfoil hat is a little snug. It could all be coincidence, it may not be. It's irrelevant if the people at Access are accurately stating the situation between their IP and Zeta. It doesn't matter what Access wants to do if Access holds the Be intellectual properties. Those would be their rights, not Zeta's.

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