Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 9th Jan 2006 11:27 UTC
Zeta "I've been working off-and-on writing a review/overview of the Zeta LiveCD, but one topic in particular kept distracting me: the question of whether or not the demo CD can be installed and run from a hard drive partition. My experimentation ended up growing into an article of its own and the short answer is 'no'. For all the gory details, read on."
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RE: Disappointing
by StephenBeDoper on Mon 9th Jan 2006 19:25 UTC in reply to "Disappointing"
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I agree with your sentiment to a degree, but I also think that an important consideration is the reason for expecting the Zeta demo CD to be less restricted. In my case, I think it's largely because R5 PE was so unrestricted - so there's a sense of "they've deprived me of something I value." Other than that sense of having lost something, I don't think there's much reasonable basis to expect the demo CD to be as unrestricted as PE was.

PE was a product of different times, circumstances, and people than the Zeta demo CD. The Zeta live CD is a tryout demo of YellowTAB's main product, while PE was a free-for-non-commercial-use version of a product that Be had shifted-focus away from and supported primarily as a development platform for BeIA. I'm not saying that it wasn't magnanimous of Be to leave PE pretty much fully-functional compared to Pro, but I do suspect they wouldn't have done it had the focus-shift not happened. Be did sell a similar demo CD of (IIRC) their first x86 release (R3.5?) - I never tried it personally, having started with R4.5, but as far as I know it wasn't installable either.

Without having tried Zeta proper, I will say though that they would deserve criticism if they limited functionality in the full OS (E.g., the ability to move an install by just copying the files from one partition/drive to another).

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