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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finally, a fork!
by Chris Capoccia on Tue 26th Mar 2002 23:08 UTC

atheos is one wacky open source project. normally open source projects are collaborative or at least the maintainer is somewhat responsive to patches submitted.

i still don't understand why kurt used the gpl when he wanted to be the only one to make changes to his pet project (and take sabaticals).

even more intriguing is that no one else has tried to fork sooner.