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 Idea....
by Felonious Hiddenbottom on Tue 26th Mar 2002 21:26 UTC

That should read : "...with the complexity of the monolithic kernel of Linux..."

Man, if I'm going to post flame bait, I had better make sure my t's are dotted and my i's are crossed. I don't want to get called out on poor grammar.

BTW - I don't think that this is necessarily a bad idea, I just think that we should throw our support behind OpenBeOS, and not make our beloved OS ride along the coattails of Linux. In the short term, it does help things out - driver support would sure be nice - but in the long term it takes away from what BeOS is/was supposed to be - free of legacy code, which is inheirent by nature in the Linux kernel.