7 Apr 2003 davidr   » (Master)

April already! Wow, time really does fly :)

I've been following the developments in the BeOS world over the last few weeks (http://www.beosjournal.org is a useful site if you get over the horrible look) and I've got mixed feelings.

I've written here before about OpenBeOS and why I left that project, but being honest looking at the website and browsing the recent newsletters they've posted I'm glad I did. The in-jokes, constant Palm baiting and general feeling of standing still are overwhelming. Recent newsletters seem like they're being written just to fill space! Sorry, but the one thing that the project needs is to be taken seriously, and recently they've been doing more and more to move away from that!

I appreciate that the BeOS community wants something to look forward to, but I really think that the love affair they have with OBOS and the ignoring of it's faults isn't healthy for the community or OBOS.

Zeta looks much more interesting and may well be what the community have been waiting for. They've played the game close to their chest with few details being released and that has attracted some critisism, but overall I think they've done it the right way. Results look promising and the pre-release "buzz" is that it's good. Good enough to make an impact? We'll have to wait and see but let's hope so for Yellow Tab.

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