The team at Zonbu have been hard at work and the Zonbu is officially out of beta, just in time for the critical shopping season. Congratulations to the Zonbu team.
This is good news as they are facing challenges from the gOS $198 Walmart PC and the ASUS 3eee PC (one of which I expect to order today to take a close look at). That being said, from everything I’ve seen and read, the Zonbu product is still six to twelve months ahead of these products in maturity and polish. However, as we know from the betamax/VHS days, being best doesn’t always mean being first. Now Zonbu needs to execute on their sales and marketing strategy in a competitive market…
I’m really pleased to see that the beta (which we may have played some small role in imposing formally) is over and I do believe that the Zonbu is now ready for prime time, which I didn’t feel it was back in August when I first looked at it. While there are still areas for improvement, they are relatively minor. In it’s current state I feel the Zonbu OS stack represents the best Linux desktop experience for the new/inexperienced user. I noticed the other night when I was cleaning up that I threw out over 50 Linux install CDs and LiveCDs, remnants of my extensive Linux desktop research.
For it’s intended purpose with non-tech savvy users, Zonbu is an ideal product. Even better, it represents a well presented, well maintained and complete web desktop for advanced users too. You can plug it in, turn it on and start using it within seconds. Having a Zonbu is a bit like having a really got IT guy who sets up and maintains your computer for you. Tweaking it and adjusting it so you always have an excellent configuration and experience.
The latest software release has a few small upgrades and changes as noted below:
Version 7.1008 – released 2007-11-14
- Gnome-mplayer supports audio CD
- Add slideshow screensaver
- Add search button in File Explorer
- Temp folder of Azureus and aMule are back inside /Documents and they are not uploaded to online storage
- Add shortcut keys for the reset scripts
- Revise the UI of international keyboard selector
- Fix a regression appeared in 6.999 for streaming video
- Fix the segfault in rdesktop
- Fix the problem of US daylight timezone
I’ll take a closer look and report back soon.