Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 10th Sep 2006 20:38 UTC, submitted by fudel
Zeta Magnussoft, the company now responsible for development on Zeta, has announced it is accepting pre-orders for Zeta 1.21. This new release will include multi-user support, will be built with GCC4, among other improvements. Bernd Korz's weblog contains more information. Korz was (is?) the CEO of YellowTAB, the company that started Zeta. Read on for a short editorial on this announcement.
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by mkools on Sun 10th Sep 2006 23:33 UTC
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Why would someone pay for a proprietary OS like Zeta, where Windows, Linux and Mac are already way ahead? I'm not familiar with BeOS or Zeta, but from what I read at Wikipedia it's not much of an OS you can do anything with. Can somebody explain some people's enthusiasm about this product? Is it actually usefull compared to other (free) products?

Btw. this is not meant as a troll but purley from interest, I just can't find the answer anywhere else.

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by tonestone57 on Mon 11th Sep 2006 00:03 in reply to "Question"
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Zeta (& BeOS) is fast & responsive & multithreaded.

#1 It runs very quick on new or old machines. With fairly low hardware requirements.
#2 It was designed to be a multimedia OS from the ground up with new methods. (you could run a divx movie with a lower hardware configuration compared to Windows without issues - no stuttering).
#3 It handles better 2 or more cpus (makes more effective use of multiprocessor/multicore systems).
#4 No viruses for it yet.
#5 It is fairly posix compliant (can port over software from BSD to it; though uses different Windowing system from X Windows).
#6 It looks good & is easy to use.
#7 It boots up very fast and runs very well.
#8 The average user can fully use Zeta for their computing as it has all the major applications for using it (WEB Browser, Email Client, Office Suite, etc).
#9 Haiku ( is the open source (free) equivalent of BeOS (which Zeta & Haiku are based off of). Once Haiku is ready, around Oct 2007, then it will attract more developers & get more programs onto Zeta & Haiku.
#10 New programs are being developed or ported to Zeta here & there & can be found on or
#11 When Haiku is ready, it will give greater exposure to Zeta also (Zeta will be ahead of Haiku when it is released to the public, but both Zeta & Haiku will give a greater presence to BeOS based OSes).
#12 It feels like Unix (shell commands) & workspaces combined with Windows (GUI).
#13 Pretty good hardware support.

The downside is,
#1 Not as much software available compared to Linux, Mac OS X or Windows. (This will slowly change once Haiku is out).
#2 Not as many games as Windows, though it has a fair amount compared to Linux.
#3 No Hardware OpenGL yet (slowly in the works)
#4 No Java (slowly in the works) & no Flash.

I believe Zeta runs better/faster (as a workstation OS) than the other 3 OSes, but still requires more programs and games. I wouldn't recommend it for power users at this point, more for the average computer user.

I run Windows XP mostly, but I enjoy using Zeta as a secondary OS (& if it had access to the same programs I use on Windows, I would definately use Zeta as my primary OS).

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RE[2]: Question
by mkools on Mon 11th Sep 2006 07:42 in reply to "RE: Question"
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Thank you very much for your answers tonestone! It's more clear for me now!

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RE: Question
by tonestone57 on Mon 11th Sep 2006 01:00 in reply to "Question"
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I forgot to mention & what about Linux?

How popular was Linux in the beginning? It began in 1991, but kernel version 1.0 wasn't released until 1994. So, we'll start from 1994 then.

I don't recall Linux being very popular in the 90s. Only the last few years has Linux become a threat to Windows & attracted many users.

It was the big companies that brought over users like Red Hat, Mandrake, etc. & now Ubuntu, etc.

Also, how good were the early versions of Linux? Not too good.

It took time, & now finally Linux is very complete and has gained a large user base.

The same can happen for Haiku (it'll be a little tougher for Zeta to do this, because they need to convince people it is worth buying). But any progress in Haiku OS will also benefit Zeta.

Once Haiku is done & attracts more developers, then in 4 to 6 years time (from now) it will be fairly complete too & will attract many more users.

BeOS was fun to use & ran just great (if you had supported hardware). Zeta continues on with this & Haiku will do the same, once they catch up to the other OSes (in a couple of years) then they'll be a real threat and I'm sure will have a very good sized userbase too.

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by Anonymous Penguin on Mon 11th Sep 2006 01:53 in reply to "RE: Question"
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Repeating Linux success story will be pretty difficult.
1)Linux was/is free and open source; this means that users will happily downoad it and give it a try. Developers have been attracted by the thousands.
2) The hardware situation has changed in recent years. Even Linux is struggling to keep up with the very fast pace. Apple has given up althogeter and will support only a limited set of hardware.
3)Software. People have been spoiled with thousands of applications, often of very high quality. Only Microsoft has managed to fully satisfy its customers by attracting plenty of developers/software companies.
Linux and Apple have plenty of apps, and yet people keep complaining, because they miss their Microsoft-only favorites.
4)Attracting enough developers will be extremely difficult. I used to believe it would be more difficult for closed source projects like SkyOS or Zeta, but it seems that Haiku or Syllable aren't doing a lot better from that point of view. Why? Who knows, maybe far too many OSS projects, and small operating systems might not be among the most attractive.

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RE: Question
by Ronald Vos on Mon 11th Sep 2006 12:54 in reply to "Question"
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Why would someone pay for a proprietary OS like Zeta, where Windows, Linux and Mac are already way ahead?

Because Zeta is still ahead of them?
I'll just link to the last time I listed Zeta's advantages:

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