Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 19th Feb 2008 13:42 UTC, submitted by Karl
Linux Already at their second beta release [German], Zebuntu is an Xfce-based Ubuntu distribution with heavy - you guessed it - Zeta influences. Bernd Korz explains the goals of Zebuntu in the project's announcement [German]: "Our goal is to use BlueEyedOS to offer a new platform for our former Zeta customers. In the future, Zeta, BeOS, as well as any future Haiku applications, will run natively on Zebuntu. This also offers a distinct advantage for developers for these platforms; they can use Zebuntu to develop for their platforms while utilising the performance and versatility of Linux." In other words, run BeOS applications on Linux. They have not forgotten about BFS support either. The project is, of course, completely open source. The website is only available in German for now, but Zebuntu developer Leszek Lesner confirmed to me that work is being done on an English variant (there already is an English development blog). Download the second beta from their download page, and, of course, see some screenshots.
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hmmm .... just another Ubuntu derivate
by searly on Tue 19th Feb 2008 15:06 UTC
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So let me get this straight ... this is just another Ubuntu Derivate based on XFCE with a look and feel of the old Zeta / BeOS, etc ... what is so great about that?

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zizban Member since:

Some people like the idea of this.

People need to give Bernd some slack. Why? No court has ruled against him, or Zeta, regarding legality, ever.

There is considerable doubt but no judgement.

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schattenmann Member since:

nothing, if you are not interested in having an ubuntu running that looks a little bit like Zeta.

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merkoth Member since:

nothing, if you are not interested in having an ubuntu running that looks a little bit like Zeta.

Actually, if they're really going to use BlueEyedOS as a base then you should be able to recompile your BeOS app without source modifications. That's way more then just "a Zeta look". Strangely enough, I was pretty sure that project was long dead.

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robertojdohnert Member since:

BeOS had such a great user interface, lightweight and fast XFCE was a superb choice because of the customization ability of the DE and the fact it is as light weight brings it on par with what tracker was. I agree with that statement. For right now I can only see this as a way for people who have old BeOS apps they want to run. On the other hand we havent seen any BeOS apps running on Zebuntu so this may be another Bernd blowing smoke. Im a little skeptical but as a BeOS fan its hard not to get excited. We will see if this is for real or just another skinned 'buntu.

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