Impressive list of updates in latest release

Roadwork IconI just reviewed the list of updates in the latest release.

I am pleased. Zonbu is listening and fixing problems.

While there are still a number of areas for improvement, a vast cross section of the items that we have noted here over the last month have been addressed…

I am traveling at the moment, and can not test the release right now, but will post my full thoughts once I am back in front of my machine.

It does appear that some of the more irritating issues have been addressed, including improving MPEG2 playback support, some of the other video types in the browser, as well as fixing the “white desktop” problem.

I am confused regarding the reference to switching to MPlayer versus Flash on youtube.com, perhaps someone can elaborate?

There are even some welcome additions like the VNCViewer (although I note that my request to include the micro-app Putty hasn’t been addressed).

VNCViewer lets you connect to and manage other systems, graphically, from your Zonbu. It will be especially useful for server and desktop remote management (hmm, just like Putty is for console based systems).

As I’ve noted before, the real success of the company is going to depend on how quickly and effectively they can patch issues and provide security updates.

Assuming this momentum can be maintained through the end of the year, I think the product will be well positioned for the holiday season and then it will be time to look at a new version of the hardware.

Look for a future post on suggestions for the hardware platform.

This is an encouraging start.

Congrats to the Zonbu team.

-Mr. Zonbu

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14 Responses to Impressive list of updates in latest release

  1. Gregg says:

    I just got the following email from Zonbu.

    Subject: New Zonbu offering

    Dear Zonbu Customer,

    We are writing to you because we have recently changed our offering
    on our website. We now offer to every customer who purchases a Zonbu
    Desktop PC, a free 2GB online storage as well as automatic software
    update. Since you bought a Zonbu Desktop PC before this new policy
    comes into effect, we would like to give you the opportunity to
    benefit from our new offering as described on:
    http://www.zonbu.com/device/pricing.htm

    The key benefits to you are:
    (1) Zonbu OS and application software will now be automatically
    updated on your system.

    (2) You can also get 2GB online storage which is fully backed-up. If
    you are interested in giving it a try, please send us an email to
    request your login information. Then you will need to revert the
    login bypass that you probably did when you first received your Zonbu
    Desktop PC. The instructions for this process are described on:
    http://www.zonbu.com/support/developer-howto.htm#nologin

    We hope you will find our new offering more beneficial to you.

    Best regards,
    The Zonbu team

  2. gary says:

    This is a very valuable blog with the most intense coverage of a device that i really have ever seen on the internet…quite your day job and just do this. πŸ™‚ But seriously,Is there a url that we can access to read it from the beginning. The July archives link only take us back to the 31st and there’s no next/previous choice available to move from page to page.

    ps. Zonbu really should offer a kb/mouse…i know for a fact that they’re losing sales because of it…even if it’s refurbished stuff. At least directly link to a site where said can be obtained. Same with good buy’s on 17″/19″ lcd monitors. Why make it harder on people like webtv user’s to switch over than it need’s to be.

  3. Bob says:

    Sadly, I just received an email saying that the 5.797 has been removed from the automatic update because of bugs … but that 5.804 is on it’s way and should be less buggy.

  4. gary says:

    Regarding zonbu pages when accessed with WebTV_Along with the non-working shopping wizard the Zonbu/beta logo, in the upper/left corner, is not visible on any of the pages except for the encrypted HTTPS:// forums page.
    https://www.zonbu.com/forums/

    It’s not visible on this non-encrypted page.
    http://www.zonbu.com/forums/

    Zonbu really needs to reach out and grab hold of the webtv user who’s just dying to move on to something better than what they have now…one thing’s for sure…the forums page would be a lot more lively than it is now….too bad they didn’t offer free updates right from the start. And again…add the kb/mouse….and dial-up if you can swing it. BTW i think it was a bad move in reducing the default icon/font size as i think your target audience would welcome the larger size….i think you listened to too many, or is it too few, techies._You got it right the first time. Tech types know how to easily change those types of things…new users do not.

    http://www.zonbu.com/support/manual.htm http://www.zonbu.com/support/ http://www.zonbu.com/shop/home.php?wizard=go

  5. Dave says:

    Gregg: Free updates & 2GB online storage? Zonbu is definitely going in the right direction! Tell me though, do you still get free updates, even though you’re running with root access and custom-installed applications? That would make the Zonbu perfect :).

  6. gary says:

    Look’s like this page has been fixed and you can now buy/checkout using webtv. At least was able to proceed to the Profile page to enter shipping info. Did notice that the profile page is encrypted/https and again the Zonbu/beta logo was visible.
    http://www.zonbu.com/shop/product.php?productid=1

    This wizard page is still not working w/webtv…it says shopping wizard is loading but nothing happens. The page fully loads with the words “shopping wizard loading” visible but the shopping wizard never appears.
    http://www.zonbu.com/shop/home.php?wizard=go

    With the now free updates and storge this is really a very good buy.

  7. Dave says:

    Gary: Wizard works for me (IE6, WinXP), maybe they fixed it, or you’re using a non-compatible browser?

  8. gary says:

    Dave: Oh it’s non-compatible alright πŸ™‚ It’s WebTV…one of the original ones, not the newer MsnTV2 version. No, no problem with it from a pc. Opera 9_winXP

    The MsnTV2 is in fact very much like the Zonbu in the way it operates in that the os and applications are also downloaded from servers and run off a CF card.
    http://www.msntv.com

  9. Dave says:

    Ah right, I’ve never seen that thing before.. Doesn’t really look all that comfy though.. is it actually usable? I think I’d prefer to just grab my laptop if I want to get lazy on the couch :).

  10. gary says:

    Actually they’re pretty nice and can be used to surf the net with either a remote or a mouse. It’s hard to give up surfing with one hand while laying down on the couch. πŸ™‚ Even though i have 2 pc’s,including a newer notebook, i still use it 95% of the time. I’m trying to quit though. πŸ™‚

  11. Dave says:

    It sounds like you need to go talk to somebody… Addiction, perhaps? πŸ™‚

  12. Putty was not included because it has a dependency to an old version old GTK (1.3). If it compiled with GTK 2.0, we would have included it.

    This app seems rather unmaintained, though I’ve used it from time to time under Windows where it runs great.

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