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:Linux Kernels
by Harbinjer on Wed 27th Mar 2002 03:52 UTC

Well, all you Linux naysayers... if you don't like linux, what do you suggest? Linux works now, it is portable,it has relatively good hardware support and its almost as quick as BeOS; can you really tell if latencies in the kernel are 30 microseconds better, or 30 milliseconds for that matter? Lots of the lag in a desktop distro are from X and the rest of the UI.

As for boot time, I've heard linux can boot in 30 secondes or less if built to do so, but apparently Mandrake, etc. build everything in and run all sorts of stuff that can be removed.

While linux is far from perfect, you do know that its developement will continue for quite a while.

Now help me understand this: what this does is give you a BeOS-AtheOS like API with the AtheOS display server? And linux runs underneath, but there's no X? This sounds like more than a new distro, but less than a completely new OS.

Good luck too Bill Hayden, and I'll probably give this a try when my current round or papers/projects is finished.