Linked by Eugenia Loli on Tue 26th Mar 2002 20:24 UTC, submitted by Jean-Baptiste Queru
Syllable, AtheOS Bill Hayden did the obvious: He forked AtheOS (which is technically similar to BeOS) and used its app_server and Interface Kit (without the use of X11) and rest of its kits on top of the 2.4.x Linux kernel. While the AtheOS kernel has some very nice features, by being modular, semi-microkernel, with good preemptive/multithreading support etc., it lacks a solid VM and swap support and of course, it lacks a good driver support, things that the Linux kernel provides. Bill Hayden accounced his fork on the AtheOS mailing list and made known that the "Atheos API has been merged with the BeOS API, there is PowerPC support, gcc 3.0.X compatiblity and OpenTracker/Deskbar as the desktop manager".
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re: great.. but...?
by Joshua Hull on Tue 26th Mar 2002 21:10 UTC

hopefully if this is far enough along and somewhat useable, it will attract developers now. besides which, its atheos compatible largely too, so it could attract all those atheos developers who are stuck while kurt is on break.

besides which, this can unite us with our PPC brothers, who have been apart for oh so very long now. that propect in itself is very cool..

if you want, you can just look at this as linux sans X .. that is also a very appealing prospect.