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

what means "giving away" - "for free?".
Yes, the limited PE. How many copies were downloaded or distributed before Be sold its assets?

If so, the deal failed in about 1996, and "free" BeOS saw the light in march/april 2000.
Like I wrote, AFTER the deal fell through. You have to remember the climate in the late '90s with venture capital flowing like crazy. Be's misfortune came when the tech bubble burst and the rivers of VC dried up -- which was about the same time the free PE was released. That wasn't enough to save the company because there just wasn't demand for its operating system.

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