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: Various posts
by ealm on Wed 27th Mar 2002 08:57 UTC

>Ah, but would it then have all the features and drivers of >the Linux system? I still have to see a Linux system (with >graphical enviroment) that boots as fast as BeOS, hell, most >of them take longer time to boot than Windows.

Linux boots in about 15 s on my PII 300 (2.4.18-preempt, low latency patch, nvidia driver, ReiserFS). How long it takes to boot with X is irrelevant in this case, since X isn't going to be used anyway. But with regards to the size of the AtheOS GUI, it probably will boot very fast!.

Regarding the "poor way" linux handles driver - it wouldn't be very hard to wrap the module management graphically and ie linking a System/Drivers folder on the desktop to /lib/modules/kernel... and have a drag-n-drop operation perform the necessary commands to load the driver. (actually this would be a 10 min hack)

Another thought is that the BlueOS probably/hopefully will be happy to co-operate with this nameless project.

Exciting times... //ealm