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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First, I haven't modded anyone's posts up or down.

they will make sales / revenue and realize profits from these sales.

No, again you don't comprehend the software business (or any business). Revenue doesn't equal profit. Revenue in excess of operating expenses does. It's not just a matter of burning CDs. There's a lot more to the business than that, even if they were to take Bernd's code from him and include it without compensating him.

There's not enough demand for Zeta to make it worth the effort of selling. It's not worth the hassle for them or anyone else.

Just look at the fact that Magnussoft was ready to ditch Zeta for poor sales before this bleep hit the fan. It has nothing to do with requiring further development, there's not enough of a market to support selling it.

Be understood that. They tried giving it away to create more demand. Didn't bleeping work!

Palm understood that. They took what they wanted from the code and other IP then apparently shelved the rest.

yellowTab understood that. Maybe a bit too late to save their bleeps, but they know it now.

Magnussoft understood it. That's why they were initially going to stop selling it (poor sales). The licensing issue only sped up the time frame for cessation of sales to "immediately."

Access understands it. They appear to have no interest in selling BeOS or Zeta. I'm sure they'd listen to any offer you might have if you were interested in acquiring Be IP from them. I doubt you'd be able to afford it on your own. I don't think you'd be able to profit from it any more than they already have or will in the future.

Read this again:
"The archived sales figures of Zeta were far below Magnussoft's expectations. Continuation of financing the project is economically no longer viable. For the time being, Magnussoft discontinued funding of the Zeta development team on March, 16th 2007. The exclusive distribution agreement will remain unaffected. The existing contract is valid until the end of 2007."

There's no profit in it. It's over, dude.

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