Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 4th Apr 2007 21:29 UTC
Zeta A lot of things have happened in the past few days concerning Zeta, BeOS, and Haiku. In order to create some order in the chaos, Eugenia and I have created a rough timeline of what happened the past 6-7 years. Read on for the timeline and some more thoughts on the matter. Update: Magnusoft ceases distribution of Zeta. Update II: Access answered the questions posed in the article.
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RE: I'll tell you why...
by Vibe on Wed 4th Apr 2007 23:26 UTC in reply to "I'll tell you why..."
Vibe
Member since:
2007-03-12

YellowTab and Magnussoft don't have deep pockets, the product never sold like gangbusters, and Bernd (if he went beyond whatever license agreement he had) isn't important enough to sue. The only remaining reason anyone would sue is out of principle, and it would be more costly for them than anyone they accused of IP infringement.

Didn't Zeta sell more than BeOS originally did?

How much did that gross?

Why didn't Palm or Access see any money?

Where did the money go?

Edited 2007-04-04 23:29

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RE[2]: I'll tell you why...
by lucky13 on Wed 4th Apr 2007 23:39 in reply to "RE: I'll tell you why..."
lucky13 Member since:
2007-04-01

Didn't Zeta sell more than BeOS originally did?
Hardly a measure of success given that Be started giving it away after the Apple deal fell through.

How much did that gross?
Not enough to justify continued development and sale, apparently.

Why didn't Palm or Access see any money? Where did the money go?
What money? You're equating sales with profit, and I don't think BeOS or Zeta were ever in the black. From everything I've been able to gather, Be was floating on venture capital and never came close to realizing a profit. I wouldn't expect Zeta to have fared any better.

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fyysik Member since:
2006-02-19

"Hardly a measure of success given that Be started giving it away after the Apple deal fell through."
what means "giving away" - "for free?".

If so, the deal failed in about 1996, and "free" BeOS saw the light in march/april 2000.

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