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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Such a tall tempest
by Cloudy on Thu 5th Apr 2007 07:32 UTC
Cloudy
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2006-02-15

in such a tiny teapot.

1) Be *never* licensed the rights to modify and distribute BeOS. Not to anyone.

2) Palm(source/one) obtained *all* rights to Be IP.

3) Palmsource ended up with all those rights during the Palm engulf, devour, and eject exercise of buying out Handspring and Be and spinning off Palmsource and PalmOne

4) Access ended up (after paying far too much money) with *all* of PalmSource's assets, except for the rights to the Palm name, which Palmsource had recently sold back to Palm(one) which immediately dropped the 'one' from its name.

In other news: Be was a failure for two main reasons:

A) It had no business model that made sense

and

B) It had an operating system that had no market

It is (barely) possible that if Be had been formed a decade later that their approach to multimedia OS design would have been suitable to the hardware and there would have been a market for it, but even with perfect timing they never really stood a chance from a business perspective.

As to why PSRC never offered BeOS to anyone, I would imagine it was because they were busy totally failing to capitalize on their Be acquisition with their effort to develop Cobalt. You don't sell (or license) IP that you're trying to use in developing your own competitor in the market place.

It makes sense for Access to loosen up on Be IP now, say to the extent of permitting the republication of the Be Book, because they've moved on to Linux and enough time has passed to make the actual Be source code irrelevant in the commercial market place.

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