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[5]: Is it possible?
by tonestone57 on Mon 11th Sep 2006 13:15 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Is it possible?"
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Ok Sogabe, I'll tell you why he works for Magnussoft.

1. Zeman in Zeta-OS (Magnussoft site) forums is Bernd. It used to show his information under profile, but now the name is hidden.
2. Yellowtab site has not had any news since Magnussoft became the new distributor & no announcement of a new Zeta version.
3. Yellowtab site will go down soon (as said in Bernd's blog).
4. The only company to release a new Zeta version is Magnussoft (& offer it to other distributors too).
5. Bernd is involved in making the next Zeta Version 1.21 (if you read his blog).
6. Bernd mentions the following in his blog (under Status@Zeta):

"Last night i made the last CD Image for ZETA. The compilation worked out really well. I will do a final installtion today to check if there is more bugs i can fix in a short term. But in generell i can say that 1.21 is done.

I will give the final image tomorrow to Magnussoft so they can now produce it.

You might wonder what is new in ZETA. Well, me too ;-) Since yellowTAB went down i got the chance to use the team and myself and some former yellowTAB developers and friends to make nice new things available in the next ZETA version."

Conclusion, Bernd is still involved with Zeta & basically works for Magnussoft now (Yellowtab exists no more - other than the website).

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RE[6]: Is it possible?
by fyysik on Mon 11th Sep 2006 14:56 in reply to "RE[5]: Is it possible?"
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For and at are very different things.
All this suggestions, rumours and deductive conclusions still do not provide any real, legal information.

Maybe Bernd has just some contract with Magnussoft in personal form and pays developers from his own pocket, while other person from list (sales, support) are Magnussoft workers?

Who has rights to use source code? Kortz family? Some "virtual" company/entity which bought OEM rights from German company distributed R5 in past?

I have nothing against any method to development and keeping alive BeOS successor, but still should notice that most (if not 100%) of legal question raised in YT times are yet answered

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RE[7]: Is it possible?
by sogabe on Mon 11th Sep 2006 17:04 in reply to "RE[5]: Is it possible?"
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> Ok Sogabe, I'll tell you why he works for Magnussoft.

I don't think you understand, but that's ok. :-)

It is obvious that Mr. Korz is involved with ZETA, but that does not explain much.

Mr. Weinert said in his interview that Bernd Korz was acting as a consultant, so it may just be as fyysik said, that he is paying developers to deliver ZETA to Magnussoft; this may be the "separate entity" that Mr. Weinert talked about in the interview.

If that is the case, and I am talking hypothetically here, it may look as if ZETA has changed hands, but in reality not much has changed for ZETA: it is still a product driven by the same individual, the CEO of a company that went bust but somehow managed to regroup with a different group of people, and a distribution partner (which he secured when he knew his company was going down?).

I fail to see how this will ensure a viable future for ZETA, and at the same I wonder how those who were affected by yellowTAB's demise (employees, suppliers, contractors, etc.) may be feeling about this.

It's all hypothetical, of course. :-)

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