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: use BSD it's hype free
by vince on Wed 27th Mar 2002 07:02 UTC

simple. it has the most driver support. it has accomplished a lot already. it has the widest developer base (relative to your BSD alternatives), the most commercial support and all. and i think it's complementary. linux needs a very good desktop engine right now, else it will stay forever in server space. hype is one thing, assessing what is true, and practical is another. taking everything at face value is the lazy way out, same as taking everything as hype.