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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Great for Linux, bad for BeOS
by tom6789 on Wed 27th Mar 2002 00:23 UTC

Linux has needed to ditch X for long time. If this new amalgam OS can give Linux a kick'n Be/AtheOS like GUI AND the enough Stallmanites/Slasdotties embrace it, it could lead to a first time Linux distro thats suitable for the desktop.

I fail to realize what this does for BeOS, besides detract from OpenBeOS. One of MANY reasons why BeOS is so cool, is that you never have to dick with the kernel, the way BeOS handles drivers is WAY better than Linux. Using Linux while gaining a lot of headway in drivers, will inherently make this amalgam OS very un-BeOS like. Linux (kernel) for anything other than a Linux distro is just a bad idea; its been being used now for about a decade, and the most elegant thing to come from its use is Lycoris, which is a slow unruly pig compared to BeOS. Will dumping X make the difference??? We'll see.

Of course it COULD be the best thing that ever happened to OpenBeOS. If all the Stallman drones support it over OBOS, due to the different licensing, this could keep a lot of crappy GPL developers away from OBOS. Another bad part is; the GPL, but thats another rant.