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Zeta… I Mean Ubuntu… Zebuntu Beta 2

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Posted by:Deej on Tuesday, 19 Feb, 2008 @ 10:16 AM
BlueEyed OS

Bernd is still at trying to help along the BeOS community in his own ways… This time in the form of a revived BlueEyedOS Linux kernel distro based on Ubuntu, aptly titled Zebuntu. To quote a quote from OSNews (the original announcement is in 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.”

You can find an english language development blog here.

While many in the community may have a bad taste in their mouths for Bernd’s efforts in the BeOS community, I personally think this is a great new development - especially given the current state of needing Linux to compile Haiku (yeah, I know, that should go away soon - for those that can get Haiku or BeOS or Zeta to install in the first place on their modern hardware). But still, I use Ubuntu primarily on my laptop, and need a great deal of applications not available on BeOS/Haiku (and have Haiku in a VM on it), having a BeOS-flavored version of Ubuntu that will run BeOS/Zeta/Haiku apps is one less reboot for me (and that reboot is given I can actually one day install Haiku to the partition sitting waiting for it ;) ). I say kudos to this effort, and look forward to a release of the newest Ubuntu flavor! :)

3 Responses to “Zeta… I Mean Ubuntu… Zebuntu Beta 2”

  1. Markus Says:

    Zebuntu is just Xubuntu with a custom theme. Its supposed BeOS compatibility is nowhere to be found.

  2. Deej Says:

    I understand that. But I already run Ubuntu on several of my machines, even the ones that have BeOS and Haiku installed (less one dedicated R5 box). My laptop will not run BeOS, or Zeta, or Max, or Haiku. Stuck in a VM land there, which is also the computer I use most often for mobility purposes. So… if/when Zebuntu does get that BeOS compatibility, I can replace my Ubuntu install with it, and I’ll be set, for the time being - until Haiku is ready for the partition that is already set aside for it. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not gonna be replacing any solid Ubuntu installation with a beta Zebuntu… must work just as well as Ubuntu first. ;)

  3. BeJay Says:

    It seems that there have been differences and a falling out after such a short time and that the B.E.OS compatibility layer is indefinitely postponed What a shame - I was looking forward to this. :-(

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