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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RE: The Bernt
by Luposian on Tue 19th Feb 2008 17:52 UTC in reply to "The Bernt"
Luposian
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2005-07-27

I just do not trust this guy. Granted, he's starting over again with the right thought: OSS. However, mark my words: He will do 'something' to strike doubt in peoples eyes again.

I say leave it Haiku to bring back the BeOS spark. They seem to have it right. This guy is just beating the whole BeOS thing to a pulp.


I agree 100%. Which is why I am extremely glad he isn't touching Haiku at all. He'd either fragment the user base, or take credit for something he hadn't done or something bad. He's bad news one way or another... just watch.

Of course, the question is... how does he plan to get revenue out of this "Zebuntu" distro? Tech support? Zebuntu CD/DVD sales? Extra apps?

Knowing what it's about and who is behind it, I wouldn't touch Zebuntu with a 100ft pole, personally.

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RE[2]: The Bernt
by Leszek Lesner on Tue 19th Feb 2008 17:59 in reply to "RE: The Bernt"
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2007-04-08

Zebuntu itself will be avaiable for free download for ever.

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RE[2]: The Bernt
by KugelKurt on Tue 19th Feb 2008 22:53 in reply to "RE: The Bernt"
KugelKurt Member since:
2005-07-06

I am extremely glad he isn't touching Haiku at all. He'd either fragment the user base, or take credit for something he hadn't done or something bad.

No matter if it's Linux or Haiku: As long as he and his team contribute modified sources back to the community under its original license (eg. not releasing changes to Haiku's MIT licensed code under GPL), then why not?

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