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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Why this optimism?
by _DoubleThink_ on Mon 11th Sep 2006 06:07 UTC
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2006-02-15

Just how more dead Zeta could Be? (pun intended). The situation somehow reminds me of an old Monty Python skit about a parrot...

- they do the most stupid marketing I have ever seen
- they don't even provide free (and usable!) demos to their non-existing user base (how hard could it be to burn 100 CDs and freely distribute them?)
- they want to gain money without seriously attracting users

I still couldn't test Zeta because it's obviously a pain in the *** to get a free test version running. They also did never respond to my request to be a beta tester (btw, was this a fake marketing gag which was posted on OSNews in order to get some attention?)

Without a user base ANY OS is dead. Zeta has no user base. Zeta is not free and, therefore, will never attract new users.

I seriously hope that Haiku will attract developers and users. Although Haiku still seems to be in the early stages of being usable, it's at least free.

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RE: Why this optimism?
by Thom_Holwerda on Mon 11th Sep 2006 07:48 in reply to "Why this optimism?"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

They also did never respond to my request to be a beta tester (btw, was this a fake marketing gag which was posted on OSNews in order to get some attention?)

That did not come from YellowTAB, but from Magnunssoft.

http://www.osnews.com/story.php?news_id=15038

Other than that, a free test version of Zeta does exist.

http://www.osnews.com/story.php?news_id=12057

No idea if it's still there though.

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RE: Why this optimism?
by tonestone57 on Mon 11th Sep 2006 13:36 in reply to "Why this optimism?"
tonestone57 Member since:
2005-12-31

Why the optimism? Well, because I've used Zeta 1.2 and know how good it is & many other users can tell you the same thing.

There is going to be a Zeta LiveCD 1.21 available.

They'll probably offer a download of it also, so you'll get a chance to test & see the newer version which supports SATA.

Beta Tester program was real, but they had lots of reponses, they went through & chose those they wanted (these were the only people to get an email). They didn't want to email the rest of those who applied, to not waste time, writing & sending emails (makes sense to me). *BUT* they should have posted a news story on the Zeta-OS site, that choosing of beta testers had been completed (to at least let us know what was going on instead of being left in the dark wondering & waiting). Sometimes I think, they like leaving users uninformed about what is going on (maybe to busy to write a short post & put it on the site?).

Zeta has a user base and is mostly compromised of people living in Germany. Just because you need to buy it, doesn't mean some people won't. Zeta is a good or very good OS (shaping up well - I wasn't too impressed with 1.0, thought it was OK, & 1.1 was better but still not there, 1.2 though is good). You get users by making a good product & then marketing it and from word of mouth (of current users).

Pricing is on the high side, so it may be somewhat difficult attracting new users, but that is Magnussoft's choice.

Haiku will definately attract users & developers, though it seems like forever before they get R1.0 out (already Haiku is 5 years old) and the disappointing thing is that Haiku OS R1.0 will be like BeOS R5, (which is outdated) so users may not get to really see how good it is until R2.0. Though Haiku will use new icons & themes, so it may look nicer than BeOS.

Edited 2006-09-11 13:43

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