Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 14th Sep 2006 16:05 UTC, submitted by sogabe
Zeta IsComputerOn.com takes a first look at the ZETA's multiuser capabilities currently under development. This is "a first beta, usable but still incomplete and with bugs" reports ICO. The article uses screenshots to show what multiuser looks like in ZETA, and describes how to create user accounts, as well as some of the existing problems with the implementation which, hopefully, will be fixed before release. As Magnussoft told us a few days ago, multiuser support will be available as an update to the upcoming ZETA 1.21, but no release date is mentioned.
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RE[2]: BeOS?
by tonestone57 on Thu 14th Sep 2006 20:48 UTC in reply to "RE: BeOS?"
tonestone57
Member since:
2005-12-31

The issue is that some people believe that with 3 major OSes already (ie: Windows, Linux/BSD, & OS X) that why bother with another OS? And that BeOS had its day back in 2000 & won't gain popularity. Which I strongly disagree with.

I've used BeOS 5.0 & ZETA 1.2

I know what this OS is capable of. And can say, that when Haiku is finished, that BeOS will start to get noticed & take off. It simply is a fantastic OS.

I'm certain that, anyone who tries it out for 3 to 6 months would also find it to be good & get addicted to using it.

What is the killer app? Well, this is the same for all OSes and the answer is (not in any order): #1 3D Games, #2 3D Design, #3 Video (or Audio) conversions, #4 Compiling/Linking #5 Data Encryption, etc.

It isn't about killer applications, it is about making an OS you enjoy to use. Sure, there are users out there that love Linux or Windows or ? And no one is saying you have to use or like BeOS, but there will be users that enjoy using BeOS based OSes beyond any other (for a reason).

Also, BeOS was made for multimedia & with speed on its side, with multithreading (better utilization of processors - wait till you see what it can do with Quad cores), better memory use - because it isn't bloated (like some other OSes), was originally developed for Pentium processors (not like Linux with most distros trying to support 386s still & Windows), it is all integrated (ie: not like Linux where Xwindows is made by one organization, Linux kernel by another, etc.), it was very well designed (& inspired certain concepts in other small, new OSes).

Also, Joe Average doesn't use killer applications. Most people web browse, email, listen to mp3s, watch divx movies and use Office suite. If these can be done in an easy & fun way then this user will be happy.

If you are happy with your favorite OS, then stick with it. BeOS won't be for everybody (ie: those who really love their OS are unlikely to switch to BeOS & those that feel So-So about their current OS are likely to try it out - maybe they switch, or maybe they don't).

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RE[3]: BeOS?
by t3RRa on Thu 14th Sep 2006 21:13 in reply to "RE[2]: BeOS?"
t3RRa Member since:
2005-11-22

Also, Joe Average doesn't use killer applications. Most people web browse, email, listen to mp3s, watch divx movies and use Office suite. If these can be done in an easy & fun way then this user will be happy.

I think that that is one of the niche markets for BeOS/Haiku! You can web browse, email, listen to mp3s, watch divx movies and use Office-suite on BeOS equally well if not easier and more convenient. Even on older legacy systems. What on earth average Joe users need more? ;)

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RE[4]: BeOS?
by the_leander on Thu 14th Sep 2006 22:56 in reply to "RE[3]: BeOS?"
the_leander Member since:
2005-07-01

Your basic points are true, sadly, there are some serious gaps to what many take for granted online - no java support, little or no flash support (does the flash 4 plugin still work?), a version of Firefox that is still not quite up to snuff compared to linux or windows (its a whole lot better then it was but still...)

With the missing bits added, as well as perhaps better codec support for some file formats (and a working VLC moz plugin to go with it) Zeta might offer a very nice platform to work from for home users on low power/legacy hardware.

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