Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 10th Apr 2007 20:57 UTC
Zeta A new development in the Zeta legality issue: BeOSFrance says to have written confirmation from Jean-Louis Gassee that to JLG's knowledge, YellowTAB did not have an agreement with Palmsource [French]. My French isn't exactly what it should be (I should've paid more attention during high school), but with the help of Adam and others we managed to translate the most important bit: "The impropriety and absence of an agreement between yellowTAB and PalmSource (at the time, still the owner of the BeOS IP) had been confirmed to me in writing by the person best-placed to talk about it in those circumstances: Jean-Louis Gassee."
Permalink for comment 230358
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
RE[6]: What Was The Lesson?
by sogabe on Fri 13th Apr 2007 02:35 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: What Was The Lesson?"
sogabe
Member since:
2006-04-27

As a matter of fact, does not 2001 count either. YellowTab appeared in the scene on 2002 as *distributors* of BeOS; you can see their first press release from early 2002 on the web archive:

http://web.archive.org/web/20020114173651/www.yellowtab.com/pressre...

Interestingly, the company was called yellowTAB i.G., and not yellowTAB GmbH (could this be the company the Bernd claims has rights to ZETA?). Also take a look at this post from July 31, 2002:

http://web.archive.org/web/20020802153708/http://www.yellowtab.com/

Here, yellowTAB i.G. is described as "the leading commercial distributor of BeOS in Germany" and this is where the *code name* "Zeta" first appeared, IIRC.

Scroll down, and note the *roadmap* where the "BeOS Home- and Developeredition" were to be ready for Nov. 2002, and the DeluxeEdition for January of 2003. Ah, and the Developeredition was going to include GCC 3.xx. ;)

In the end, there was only one version of Zeta (not three), and the first official (non-RC) release was only shipped in July of 2005:

http://web.archive.org/web/20051020074348/www.yellowtab.com/news/ar...

In the meantime, yT had been selling buggy release candidates at 99 euros a pop to unsuspecting TV shopping viewers in German as a replacement for Windows.

Looking at the history of yellowTAB, is it quite easy to tell that the company had a very short period of prosperity and fast growth (late 2004 - 2005), mainly driven by sales on TV and the RTL shop, and that it was only during this short period that they probably had to sustain considerable engineering resources. So, Mr. Invincible Cow, saying that they had to pay a full staff of 20 or more engineers for six years is quite a stretch, to say the least. ;)

Reply Parent Score: 2