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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Is it possible?
by sogabe on Sun 10th Sep 2006 23:51 UTC
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2006-04-27

If yellowTAB, the company that had the license agreement with the holders of the BeOS IP (on which ZETA is based on) has gone under, how can Magnussoft legally sell (and develop?) ZETA?

I mean, if the company Magnussoft signed the distribution agreement with is gone, does this not void their agreement? Unless yellowTAB somehow managed to transfer the license agreement they had with Be/Palm/Access to someone else before going bankrupt.

According to Mr. Korz's blog, there is now a 15 people ZETA team that works fulltime on the product.

http://berndsworld.blogspot.com/2006/09/who-is-team.html

Are these Magnussoft employees? Or is this another company? Or maybe Mr. Korz now runs another company that holds the license agreement that allows Magnussoft to sell ZETA legally?

I was just wondering how all this is possible...

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RE: Is it possible?
by tonestone57 on Mon 11th Sep 2006 00:18 in reply to "Is it possible?"
tonestone57 Member since:
2005-12-31

You didn't read the story, did you?

5. Bernd Korz goes to Magnussoft, probably bringing along developers from YellowTAB, to continue Zeta development;


Bernd, CEO of Yellowtab, has gone to work for Magnussoft.

Magnussoft is now the new developer of Zeta.
http://www.zeta-os.com/

Bernd, aka Zeman, responds to posts in the forums at ZETA OS site. Though I've obtained more info from his blog than anywhere else.

I didn't even know he had a blog.

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RE[2]: Is it possible?
by sogabe on Mon 11th Sep 2006 01:41 in reply to "RE: Is it possible?"
sogabe Member since:
2006-04-27

> You didn't read the story, did you?

Yes, I did read the story, but it does not answer my doubts.

You see: besides that fact that "Bernd Korz goes to Magnussoft" could mean many things, and not necessarily that he is working for the company, even if Mr. Korz were a Magnussoft employee (something that is not confirmed), it does not explain the status of the license agreement that would allows Magnussoft to develop and sell ZETA.

> Magnussoft is now the new developer of Zeta.

Really? This seems to contradict what Mr. Weinert, PR Manager from Magnussoft, said in an interview with Power Dreams, where he states that his company will focus on selling the product, and that the development team will be a separate entity from Magnussoft.

IsComputerOn.com
http://joomla.iscomputeron.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=vi...

Original in German
http://www.power-dreams.com/xoops/modules/beosnews/article.php?stor...

Maybe they had a change of plans. Or maybe it is Mr. Korz regrouping with different people after the demise of his company.

Either way, it does not answer the question of who has the license agreement with the IP owners of BeOS (Be/Palm/Access) that would allow ZETA be developed and sold, now that yellowTAB does not exist anymore, does it? Is it Magnussoft? Is it the "separate entity" that Mr. Weinert talked about in his interview? If the latter, who are they?

Not everything may be as it looks on the surface. :-)

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RE: Is it possible?
by danieldk on Mon 11th Sep 2006 06:33 in reply to "Is it possible?"
danieldk Member since:
2005-11-18

According to Mr. Korz's blog, there is now a 15 people ZETA team that works fulltime on the product.

But only six(!) developers. I hate to be negative, but that is not going to do this. Some operating system projects have hundreds of developers, and need to work very hard to keep up with hardware support and build new features. Six developers is not going to cut it, sixteen neither.

If there is some future in BeOS, it is probably Haiku.

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