Today yellowTAB announced that Zeta RC2 has gone to press and will be entering retail channels within the next couple of weeks. This new release candidate incorporates hundreds of changes and bugfixes since the RC1 including many submissions from users. A few days ago a misunderstanding aroused among the Zeta customers and YellowTAB regarding the free availability of RC2 or not. RC2 is just RC1 with Service Packs 2 and 3 applied. Current customers will receive the ServicePack 3 download for free. They will also have the option of getting an RC2 CD at an upgrade price.
ZetaNews.com posted some interesting all-around BeOS/Zeta news today: Opera 3.64 for BeOS now available for $10 USD, BeOSmax.org are explaining why the newest version is further delayed, an article about installing BeOS inside Microsoft Virtual PC 2004 and a hack effort to make BeOS believe that the machine has less RAM than it actually has in order to not hit its 1 GB RAM limitation and crash.
YellowTAB informed us that their testing of Release Candidate 2 of Zeta 1.0 has finished. They sent us two screenshots of Zeta 1.0-RC2 and Bernd Korz replies to two of our questions regarding the RC-2.
BeOSJournal.org posted a review of YellowTAB's Zeta 1.0-RC-1 with many images (however the review does not state if it was the Service Pack 2 of the RC-1 that was tested, which has many USB and other fixes). Note to Mac readers: If under OSX you can't read the folder after you uncompress the zip file, change the folder's access attributes from the "Get Info" panel.
While the second Service Pack of Zeta 1.0-RC1 is out and about, Argentinian Zeta fans have published two interviews with YellowTAB's Bernd Korz here and here.
Nearly a month after Service Pack 1 for Zeta RC1 was released, yellowTAB is working on the last bits and pieces of Service Pack 2. This service pack will be the base of Zeta RC1.1, as the RC1 is completely sold out. The new SP has a new theme and a new default font (modified Vera). ZetaNews has the details and screenshots and also the videos from the NBC Giga TV show which featured YellowTAB's Zeta recently.
Today yellowTAB and BeUnited announce a milestone in the post Be world: they will be co-operating on porting Sun's Java J2SE version 1.4 to Zeta and OSBOS.
ZetaNews is reviewing several aspects of YellowTAB's Zeta R1-RC1 OS. Screenshots included. BeOSJournal.org also features some mp4 videos of a previous Japanese introduction of the OS.
Ex-Be engineer Dianne Hackborn (now at PalmSource) gave an interview at the BeOSJournal.org and comments on many different things, including YellowTAB's Zeta: "Personally I find Zeta depressing. From what I have seen, it is basically the work we had in progress at Be plus various things dumped on top. Unfortunately what we had at Be was half-finished, if that. I hate seeing all of the half-finished parts of the UI being thrown around as a real product." Dianne is not the first ex-Be engineer commenting on Zeta's potential (or lack there of). Another three ex-Be employees have also commented recently.
YellowTAB is currently preparing a service pack for its RC1 release. Customers who bought Zeta Deluxe 1.0-RC1, will receive their CDs within a few days and the Service Pack that was developed in the meantime will also be available for these customers via a web download (about 5 MB). Read more for the (partial) changelog and screenshots showing the new "quick launch" facility YellowTAB is introducing on their Deskbar and their SVG Tracker and preference panels.
In the new OpenBeOS newsletter Michael Phipps is giving a good status report, explaining the status of each kit. However, what we don't learn yet is how far we are from an alpha public release. In the meantime, the Beunited Java team announced that they now have a complete coomand line version (1.4.2.) running, while 3Sat TV channel will present Yellowtab Zeta on TV today. Additionally, the people at BeOS Max said that the last version of their distribution will be 3.1, because they don't want to be an obstacle on Zeta's commercial success.
YellowTAB made a number of announcements regarding additional features to be found on Zeta 1.0 and the future: Java 1.4.2 support, C# support via Mono and support for thousands of scanner models via SANE. Additionally, Bernd Korz, CVO of yellowTAB, sheds his view and knowledge on recent developments involving BeOS and Zeta, and discusses the past and future of computers in general.
YellowTAB provided us with a copy of Zeta 1.0 RC-1pre+ plus a few additional patches that were not available at the CD's press time. We installed and tried out this new version and here's what we think.
ZetaNews carries a review of YellowTAB's Zeta 1.0-RC1 (earlier story). It discusses installation, networking, hardware support, media, office apps and development. Screenshots included.
yellowTab announced the "Complete Zeta Solution": Both in laptop (Centrino) and desktop form (P4 and AthlonXP), yellowTab will sell, to Europe only, complete and compatible hardware systems. All systems come with a 2 year warranty and estimated delivery is 10-14 days. The systems will ship with YellowTAB Zeta 1.0-RC1, and buyers will be able to upgrade to 1.0-Final for free (only shipping will be paid extra). Also, as a launching promotion, and for a limited time only, you can order the Deluxe Edition Special Bundle, where along with Zeta Deluxe Edition 1.0-RC1, you also receive a free Zeta t-shirt. UPDATE: YellowTAB sent us a screenshot of Zeta. Font rendering is much improved since the betas.
Tonight we had a quick chat with YellowTAB's Bernd Korz over the Zeta OS. The German engineer, manager and spokesperson of YellowTAB is speaking of the release date, the changing goals of Zeta and more. Read more for the interesting transcript.
Beyond is a free magazine in PDF format, publishing in the English and Italian languages, focusing on BeOS and other alternative OSes. The first issue includes articles like "Explaining the BeOS and MacOSX filesystems", "Dossier ADSL: connect to the internet with BeOS", "Amiga Alpe Adria 2003", "REBOL Tutorial (part I)", "Preview: Zeta from YellowTab" and much more.
From their press release: "Now, yellowTAB presents a fully-functional, fully-featured implementation of ODBC (Open DataBase Connectivity) for Zeta! Both the API and the user interface for configuring ODBC connections is 100% compatible with the original Windows version and its UNIX clones."
YellowTAB announced today that their forthcoming Zeta OS will have full support for all three kinds of USB (on both USB 1.1 and USB 2.0 speeds): OHCI, EHCI and UHCI. BeOS 5 and Dano OSes from Be, Inc. only had limited USB 1.1 support, mostly working best with Intel chipsets. Additionally, the company announced that they internally moved to Perforce from CVS.