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 Joshua Hull on Tue 26th Mar 2002 21:48 UTC

I think something has to be said for getting the interest through using linux. maybe there are better alternatives (in fact, there are) than linux... but linux will likely attract more interest than anything else.

the network and driver support are pretty compelling reasons mind you.

linux is inheritly legacy how? because its not a "microkernel" (defining a microkernel is like trying to define jazz) ... this argument will really only show through in benchmarking and difficulty in coding new drivers ... the proof is in the pudding.. is it more difficult to code drivers for something like linux than beos? okay.. so linux may need some improvement here, but isn't there a driver framework overall in process right now?