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[2]: Question
by Anonymous Penguin on Mon 11th Sep 2006 01:53 UTC in reply to "RE: Question"
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2005-07-06

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[3]: Question
by ThawkTH on Mon 11th Sep 2006 02:57 in reply to "RE[2]: Question"
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2005-07-06

I think I disagree a bit on the hardware front - honestly, I remember far more issues with, say Mandrake 7 than I ever anticipate with PCLOS/Mandriva/Buntu/Fedora.

Remember winmodems? Awkward X configs? Hell, nowadays you can be pretty sure your hardware will just work, configure itself, and make life easier.

While yes, some pace has accelerated, I think hardware is much more consolidated nowadays.

Oh, and as for apple...didn't they always just support a limited set of hardware?

I dunno. I agree with most of what you said ;)

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RE[4]: Question
by Anonymous Penguin on Mon 11th Sep 2006 04:16 in reply to "RE[3]: Question"
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2005-07-06

Indeed, it used to be worse. What I really mean is that in the past I don't remember so much hardware being released and upgraded so often. So how could small operating systems keep up? And indeed when I try them I prefer VMware.

As to Apple yes, they have always supported their own hardware. What I mean is that they have called themselves out of "the hardware competition", something that small operating system couldn't do, because I very much doubt people would buy a SkyOS PC, or a Zeta, Haiku or Syllable one.

Edited 2006-09-11 04:20

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RE[3]: Question
by tonestone57 on Mon 11th Sep 2006 04:26 in reply to "RE[2]: Question"
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2005-12-31

Linux success story will be difficult for Zeta (agree), but Haiku will be able to attract developers. How many? I can't say for certain, but hopefully enough.

#1 Haiku OS is free & open source. Users can download & try it out. It will also attract developers.
#2 Any open source Linux drivers can be used to an extent to help create Haiku drivers.
#3 Open source Linux applications will also be portable to Haiku.
Many companies make programs for Microsoft because of:
1. Microsoft's OSes are used by the majority of computer users.
2. Companies charge & make profits with software made for WINDOWS (I'm not sure if any companies make applications for Linux, because they would have to compete with the free versions out there).
#4 Developers care to be part of a bigger OS, like Linux or Windows (or maybe Mac OS X) because these are mainstream. Linux probably didn't have many developers in the beginning either, until they released their 1st version. Haiku will have to come out with 1.0 before it starts getting attention and it may be with a later version before developers jump on board, but now Haiku will have to compete with Linux/BSD too (plus Windows & Mac OS X).
#5 Haiku & Zeta together is the answer for getting more people interested in BeOS once again. Especially if they market themselves well & make news stories.

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