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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RE: Question
by tonestone57 on Mon 11th Sep 2006 00:03 UTC 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).

Edited 2006-09-11 00:08

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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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