How to Download and Install Zeta, the Successor of BeOS
Zeta is a commercial operating system based on BeOS, a fast and innovative alternative to Windows and Linux. BeOS was developed by Be Inc. in the 1990s, but the company went out of business in 2001. Zeta is an attempt to update BeOS with support for new hardware, USB 2.0, VoIP, and other new features. Zeta was developed by the yellowTAB company (later: magnussoft) until 2007, when it stopped distribution due to legal issues.
In this article, we will show you how to download and install Zeta on your computer, and explore some of its unique features. Zeta is not a free operating system, but you can try it out with a live CD or a virtual machine.
Zeta is not widely available online, but you can still find some sources to download it. One of them is ArchiveOS, a website that preserves old and discontinued operating systems. You can find Zeta versions 1.21 and 1.5 on ArchiveOS[^2^]. However, these are ISO images that you need to burn to a CD or DVD before you can use them.
If you prefer a more convenient way to download Zeta, you can use BitTorrent, a peer-to-peer file sharing protocol. You can find torrent files for Zeta versions 1.0, 1.2, and 1.5 on various websites, such as The Pirate Bay or Kickass Torrents. However, be aware that downloading Zeta via BitTorrent may be illegal in your country, and you may need a VPN service to access these websites.
Once you have downloaded Zeta, you have two options to install it: either on a physical computer or on a virtual machine. We recommend using a virtual machine, as it is safer and easier than modifying your existing hardware and partitions.
To install Zeta on a virtual machine, you need a software that can emulate a PC environment, such as VirtualBox or VMware. You also need to create a virtual hard disk for Zeta, with at least 4 GB of space. Then, you need to mount the Zeta ISO image as a virtual CD-ROM drive, and boot from it.
The installation process of Zeta is similar to that of BeOS. You will be greeted by a graphical installer that will guide you through the steps. You will need to choose your language, keyboard layout, time zone, and network settings. You will also need to partition your virtual hard disk with the BFS file system, which is native to BeOS and Zeta. You can use the DriveSetup tool to do this.
After partitioning your disk, you will need to select the destination for Zeta installation. You can choose either the entire disk or a specific partition. Then, you will need to select the packages that you want to install. Zeta comes with various applications and drivers that you can customize according to your needs.
The installation process will take some time, depending on your system speed and the packages that you selected. Once it is done, you will need to reboot your virtual machine and enjoy Zeta.
Zeta has a simple and elegant user interface that resembles BeOS. It uses Tracker as its desktop environment and file manager, which allows you to browse your files and folders with ease. It also uses Deskbar as its taskbar and application launcher, which gives you quick access to your programs and settings.
Zeta has many features that make it stand out from other operating systems. For example:
It has a powerful query system that lets you search for files based on their attributes, such as name, type, size, date, or even content.
It has pervasive multithreading and multitasking capabilities that make it fast and responsive even under heavy load.
It has native support for various media formats and codecs, such as MP3, Ogg Vorbis, XviD, MPEG-4, etc.
It has built-in support for VoIP applications such as Skype or Google 248dff8e21