Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 9th Jan 2006 11:27 UTC
Zeta "I've been working off-and-on writing a review/overview of the Zeta LiveCD, but one topic in particular kept distracting me: the question of whether or not the demo CD can be installed and run from a hard drive partition. My experimentation ended up growing into an article of its own and the short answer is 'no'. For all the gory details, read on."
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Disappointing
by Tyr. on Mon 9th Jan 2006 15:41 UTC
Tyr.
Member since:
2005-07-06

It's logical I guess, but a bit disappointing nonetheless. Besides the fact that thay obviously expended a lot of energy in developing this copy protection that could have been better spent on the OS itself, I think it is good to let people hack your product up a little bit. If nothing else it gets people (well, geeks) excited about the product and get's them actively exploring its internals, that can't be a bad thing right ?

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RE: Disappointing
by Anatomy4Artists on Mon 9th Jan 2006 17:21 in reply to "Disappointing"
Anatomy4Artists Member since:
2006-01-09

Actually I am pretty sure R1.0 and R1.1 had their activation methods hacked within a week. I'd say if you like the product, buy it and support future development.

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RE: Disappointing
by StephenBeDoper on Mon 9th Jan 2006 19:25 in reply to "Disappointing"
StephenBeDoper Member since:
2005-07-06

I agree with your sentiment to a degree, but I also think that an important consideration is the reason for expecting the Zeta demo CD to be less restricted. In my case, I think it's largely because R5 PE was so unrestricted - so there's a sense of "they've deprived me of something I value." Other than that sense of having lost something, I don't think there's much reasonable basis to expect the demo CD to be as unrestricted as PE was.

PE was a product of different times, circumstances, and people than the Zeta demo CD. The Zeta live CD is a tryout demo of YellowTAB's main product, while PE was a free-for-non-commercial-use version of a product that Be had shifted-focus away from and supported primarily as a development platform for BeIA. I'm not saying that it wasn't magnanimous of Be to leave PE pretty much fully-functional compared to Pro, but I do suspect they wouldn't have done it had the focus-shift not happened. Be did sell a similar demo CD of (IIRC) their first x86 release (R3.5?) - I never tried it personally, having started with R4.5, but as far as I know it wasn't installable either.

Without having tried Zeta proper, I will say though that they would deserve criticism if they limited functionality in the full OS (E.g., the ability to move an install by just copying the files from one partition/drive to another).

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RE[2]: Disappointing
by koki on Tue 10th Jan 2006 07:29 in reply to "RE: Disappointing"
koki Member since:
2005-10-17

> Without having tried Zeta proper, I will say though
> that they would deserve criticism if they limited
> functionality in the full OS (E.g., the ability to
> move an install by just copying the files from one
> partition/drive to another).

No such restrictions exist in the full version of ZETA.

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