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: 4way?
by Eugenia on Tue 26th Mar 2002 21:11 UTC

>OK.. I forgot newos...

NewOS was _never_ meant as a replacement for BeOS. It was the pet project ('searching for knowledge' kind of thing) by Travis, who just happened to be an ex-Be kernel engineer. We shared a house with Travis for more than 6 months last year, so I know NewOS and 'its story' a bit better than you do.

As for the AtheOS/BeOS fork, I believe it is a great idea, and I could not understand why no one did it earlier. It makes perfect sence and I even had a "teaser" article about it last year on BeNews... AtheOS and BeOS have more similarities than have differences. And AtheOS is GPL. So, obviously...