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Here's a better question--
If "Zeta" continues on with its current (and very AMIGA-like course) will that cause harm to the reputation of Haiku when it finally reaches R1?
Zeta is utterly irrelevant to Haiku. Unless, rumor is true about Bernd actually OWNING the Source Code to BeOS (as someone implied in an earlier post), I don't think what happens to Zeta will have ANY impact on Haiku.
Anyone who has their head on straight can tell the difference between them. Zeta is Bernd & Co.s efforts to push a dead horse (BeOS) further down the track and make it get up and do a jig. They don't even have a clear focus on what they want Zeta to actually DO for people. Latest thing is... play ports of commercial games? Come on! Really!
Haiku is the *proper* revival of what made BeOS great and improving upon that, here and there (USB 2.0, SATA(n) drive support, etc.). There is no "lack" of focus, because the ONLY focus, right now, is to get Haiku up and running in R1, period. After that, THEN we'll see where others take it.
Now, where things could get "problematic", is if Bernd DOES own the BeOS Source Code outright and decides that Haiku is "infringing" on Zeta's territory and demands they cease and desist, so that Zeta can take center stage. In today's legalistic clime, I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if this happened somewhere down the road. Bernd/yT threatened to sue one developer awhile back and Bernd has suddenly dismissed all association with Magnussoft. Why?
Why is EVERYTHING with Zeta and Bernd & Co. so secretive? Why don't we have a clear-cut showing of WHO owns what and who has the RIGHTS to what and who is DOING what? Is Bernd & Co. held to an NDA themselves? And, if so, that PROVES they don't own the rights to the source code! The *licensor* sets the NDA, not the licensee!
Try not to get too nauseated by watching the whirling dirvish, known as Zeta, run and controlled by Bernd & Co. and [whoever else]. Just keep your eyes focused on the steady stream of progress by those over at Haiku, Inc and their team of masterful BeOS-inspired code artisans, who slowly weave the beautiful tapestry known as... Haiku OS!