As posted on other sites, our ex-fearless leader has denounced yellowTab of ever holding any license for modification and distribution of Be Intellectual Property whilst JLG sat on the board of directors at PalmSource. Considering that, and the fact that JLG lead Be, Inc., I’d say that we have confirmation of the legality of Zeta throughout the entire chain of IP movement, from Be to PalmSource to Access.
UPDATE: It seems that this “post” is old - 2004 old. It was before the meeting between Palmsource and Bernd.
And in a similar announcement as Magnussoft from Purplus, I got this in my mail this morning:
Dear Zeta fans and Purplus Customers,
Based on your previous interest in Zeta and BeOS, you must now be aware of some of the recent issues now facing Zeta OS. Unfortunately since, Magnusoft has ceased distrubution of Zeta, consequently, Purplus, as the authorized U.S. Zeta reseller, has had to do the same. Meanwhile, a small remainder of Zeta titles currently in our inventory are being liquidated at or below cost.
Please visit our website if you’re interested in the last units available :
Thanks - Purplus Inc.
That should about close this chapter…
So, if you haven’t spotted it on IsComputerOn or BeOS News, Bernd has officially closed of the Second era of BeOS commercialism (Be, Inc., and BeOS, being the obvious first) - Zeta is no more. Bernd’s post sounds like it was harder to write than my own closing at beunited, and I’m sad to see all his hard efforts seemingly all for not. Bernd is checking the legal ability to release some of the source code to the community, to help preserve the advances made there.
BeGroovy wishes Bernd, and all of the remaining developers of Zeta, best wishes and good luck on any future endeavours.
UPDATE: Well, as if to pop a couple of caps in the dying carcass… Access has publicly stated that they have no knowledge of any license by yellowTab to modify the source of BeOS or any for distribution of said OS, and that Bernd/yellowTab, despite cease and desist orders, has yet to provide proof of such license. Adding to the heat, Magnussoft has announced the cease of distribution of Zeta 1.21. Talk about the flame wars on OS News.
Magnussoft (the new distributor of the OS Zeta) is looking for beta testers for future releases of Zeta and Zeta software. Head over to Zeta-OS.com and it is the top news item. For those of you that speak English, you may need to change the language settings for the site over on the left side, just below the login boxes. Note, there have been reports that, even though it doesn’t say it is a requirement, beta tester applicants need to register at zeta-os.com and have a “nickname” to put into the top section of the beta tester application form or you will run into an error when you submit the application. Also keep in mind that if you can’t keep a secret, you probably don’t want to sign up to be a beta tester. The fine print at the bottom clearly states ” 2. Be advised that if you are accepted as a tester, you will be required to agree to a non-disclosure agreement.”
While looking through the Downloads section on yellowTab’s site, I noticed an updated version of their VideoEditor for download. They announced the update here in german. (Update) yT also updated their english page with the news of the new VideoEditor today.
yellowTab announced about a month ago that they would release the Pro version of their VideoEditor with ZETA Deluxe Edition, so this updated version for download includes all the filters, transitions and effects from the Pro version as well as many bug fixes.
You can find the download here. Also the icon looks nice, the People icon is directing with his little hat sitting in his director’s chair
Well, I recieved Zeta 1.0 yesterday. I purchased it from Purplus - thanks to the guys in the forums for the link to it at Purplus … If you check the link to the BeGroovy Forums, you will see you can use the coupon code “zeta10″ or “zeta10wow” to get a discount.
In anticipation, I loaded it up on my work computer (couldn’t wait until I got home, which was good, since I didn’t get a chance to do anything with it at home). My initial reaction - Nice! For the minimal time I’ve played around with it, all’s I can say is that it’s way better and much more than what I would’ve expected from an R6 release, had Be, Inc. made it there. I’ll be posting my own in-depth review of it as I get the time to properly work with it. Until then, Chris Simmons has put up his review at HaikuNews.
At the upcoming Linux World Expo / Tokyo 2005 in June, yellowTab will be demonstrating Zeta, Titled “ZETA: Born and raised to be a desktop OS,” the presentation is intended to introduce the ZETA desktop platform, with an emphasis on the advantages when compared against a backdrop of the various desktop Linux distributions. From the press release:
“In contrast with Linux desktop distributions, ZETA was designed from the ground up to be a desktop OS,” comments CEO Bernd Korz. “This translates into many advantages for users, such as easy installation, very fast boot time, great response, pervasive drag-and-drop support, incredibly fast file search, and excellent multimedia performance even on low-end computers. I want to show the audience in Tokyo how far we have come with ZETA, and also talk about what to expect from our desktop platform in the future.”
Seems like Bernd/yT is going to promote in a good way to the Linux folk - to the users that want a user friendly experience without Windows and with the power and stability of Linux underneath it. Sounds like a winning plan to me.
Okay, this is real news (and yes, that was me being the fool in the previous news item - see what happens when you leave things to me to post news )…
There’s a video interview with Bernd Korz and Alan Westbrook of yellowTab that was shot during the just completed BeGeistert 014. Daat From IsComputerOn managed to grab them for about 40 minutes and got some words from them on Zeta, GCC, Java and more. He’s made it available on BitTorrent, to avoid the bandwidth issues that can often accompany hosting large files. Get it. Watch it. And most definitely, share it.
yellowTab announced a few days ago that they are hiring and are looking for Media Application and Kernel/Driver development engineers. The positions are in the Mannheim, Germany area. If you’re interested in applying, you can go here for more info on the job requirements and how to apply for the positions.
Last week, yellowTAB officially announced that they will be releasing a service pack for Zeta Neo sometime before the end of this month. I guess they should hurry since tomorrow is the last day of the month. At the moment, there isn’t much detail as to what the sevice pack fixes, they only mention that the service pack will fix numerous things and add better support for PPP dial-up and DSL internet connections. The service pack will be made available through download and more details about its contents will be made once the service pack is finished.
Zetanews has some info regarding yellowTab’s zemag magazine for Zeta which went online recently. Some articles from the magazine are available for download in PDF format. The magazine is in German, and as far as I know it’s not available in any other language, but you can try translating the pages with Bablefish I suppose. All the links and downloads can be found at the Zetanews webpage or the zemag webpage.
Hot off the presses (well off the website) - yellowTab won the Innovation Area Award at SYSTEMS 2004. The judges were distinguished German IT industry folks. Pretty cool, if you ask me. I remember when Qubit won 2 TechTV awards - it felt good, really good. I hope the folks behind Zeta development feel this same pleasure.
YellowTab has announced Zeta Neo over at their website. It appears that Neo is supposed to be a temporary release to hold off users until Zeta 1.0 is out. Makes me wonder what the RCs were for but, oh well. Head on over and check it out, maybe it is just what you are looking for in a Zeta. If we get a hold of a copy, we will review it for you so you know what to expect from Neo.
yellowTab has made two very interesting announcements of late:
Second: A new NetMeeting-like (and compatible) application called Whisper. Voice Over IP (VoIP) will be a nice productivity-centric addition to Zeta’s application compilation to attract new business oriented customers.
Alan Fisher has published a review of YellowTab’s Zeta service pack 3 for RC1. The review covers both positive and negative aspects of the update. One of the more interesting was that the installer actually does not install the complete update. An update to the network preference application is left uninstalled.
YellowTab has posted new screenshots of Zeta on yellowtab.com. IsComputerOn also reported today that YellowTab is inteding to attend BeGeistert 12 this spring.
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