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: Re: Great Idea....
by Felonious Hiddenbottom on Tue 26th Mar 2002 21:39 UTC

Of course the lead (and only?) developer of a project would defend his decisions so vicariously. I'm not inclined to agree that using a monolithic kernel was the best choice of kernel. Why not use Darwin, which is *mostly* a microkernel - or one of the *BSD's, though not microkernel are much more robust than Linux?

It's fairly obvious to me that the decision to use Linux was based in part on driver and networking support, and not for any other clear advantage.