Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 29th Jul 2005 19:32 UTC
Zeta "This review will not try to cater to users new to the BeOS world, but will focus on what has changed since my review of ZETA RC1 and what remains to be done for future releases."
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RE: I'm tired...
by StephenBeDoper on Fri 29th Jul 2005 20:13 UTC in reply to "I'm tired..."
StephenBeDoper
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2005-07-06

I'm getting really, really tired of these questions.

Right. So I guess that puts you about even with the people who are really, really tired of not having those questions answered satisfactorily?

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v RE[2]: I'm tired...
by on Fri 29th Jul 2005 20:18 in reply to "RE: I'm tired..."
RE[2]: I'm tired...
by on Fri 29th Jul 2005 22:14 in reply to "RE: I'm tired..."
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Why in the fucking world do people care so much about the details of yellowTab's license? Whether they have the source or not really isn't the point, but rather this collective bunch of whiners aren't having their question answered. They're of some misplaced mindset that they actually have the right to know. Give it up and give it a rest! Buy it or don't buy it! Just shut up about it already. These whiners are as bad as that psychotic Stallman freak.

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RE[3]: I'm tired...
by on Sat 30th Jul 2005 01:36 in reply to "RE[2]: I'm tired..."
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{I}Why in the fucking world do people care so much about the details of yellowTab's license? Whether they have the source or not really isn't the point, but rather this collective bunch of whiners aren't having their question answered. They're of some misplaced mindset that they actually have the right to know. Give it up and give it a rest! Buy it or don't buy it! Just shut up about it already.{/I}

Well, I believe that people continue to ask this question because they care about the future of BeOS and its progeny, and hope for a resurgence of this remarkably-good desktop computing platform.

The question whether yellowTab has the source code -- and has it legitimately -- is basically part of an effort to gauge the prospects for yT's longevity.

Consider that an operating system has at least two important target markets: end-users and application developers. In the early days, the latter group is arguably the more important of the two; after all, their efforts in application development will eventually draw in more end-users over time.

Commercial developers are profit-making entities; developing an application for this or that platform is an *investment* in the platform, in a concrete dollars-and-cents sense. In order to choose between platforms, the commercial developer needs to evaluate the relative strengths of competing platforms, and one crucial strength is *longevity*.

So: If yT does not have the source -- or has a legally-tenuous grip on the source -- their longevity is in doubt. This doubt will keep developers away from the platform. Fewer applications will be created. This means that fewer users will be attracted to the platform. And this means that the platform as a whole is doomed to obscurity or wholesale extinction.

For anyone that finds this possibility horrifying -- which many BeOS enthusiasts do -- the question is important.

Cz

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RE[3]: I'm tired...
by rayiner on Sat 30th Jul 2005 02:13 in reply to "RE[2]: I'm tired..."
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2005-07-06

What the hell? Zeta is by all means a quite mediocre product at this point. When people spend $100 bucks on a copy, they're buying the promise of the future of Zeta. A product without source code has no future, period. Of course the customer has the right to know that before plunking down their money!

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