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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Short Term, Long Term
by Dave on Wed 27th Mar 2002 00:27 UTC

So let's see...if he gets this working, I can start running my beloved BeOS programs again (my new machine has a video card and onboard network that are unsupported under BeOS 5.0.3).

Then I can go back to dual-booting between Windows and "New AtheOS", as happy as I was when I dual-booted between Windows and BeOS. Currently, I'm dual-booting between Windows and Lycoris Desktop/LX, which is actually really good, but I miss many of my BeOS programs.

Maybe (REALLY BIG MAYBE) some folks in the Linux community who wouldn't support BeOS decide that this is a good move for extending the Linux kernel to the desktop, and get behind it. Maybe they even start writing for it. (Like I said, REALLY BIG MAYBE).

Then, a while later, OpenBeOS (or one of the others) gets usable, and all of these programs that run on "New AtheOS" can compile and run.

Ah, I can dream, can't I?