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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Better approach?
by mabhatter on Tue 26th Mar 2002 21:16 UTC

This may be a better approach to greater Linux adoption as it brings the best of two worlds. The stable Linux kernal meets a new OS which is its only real problem right now. X11 and unix cloneliness are nice, but most end users could care less, they just want something that works. Keep the kernel and start over with the rest!
Hopefully this will get more Linux types on board as well as the Open BeOs people. Generally forking is bad, but in this case it could bring a lot of groups together rather than split one up.