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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I didn't know Leonardo. Future's bright
by Marques on Wed 27th Mar 2002 10:54 UTC

So now there are three 'BeNUX' projects
+ Leonardo - no binary compatibily with BeOS5
+ BlueOS - aims to be binary compatible with Linux and BeOS5
+ New AtheOS - no binary compatibily with BeOS5 - porting and antiporting of BeOS apps to the new API currently going on (a 6 months old fork waiting to finish porting OpenTracker and Deskbar)

One NewOS project
+ OBOS - aims to be binary compatible with BeOS5

And four legacy distros around
+ BeOS5Pro
+ BeOS5PE
+ BeOSonline developer edition 1.0
+ BeOS Dano

Right now, it really doesn't matter what is illegal and what is not with some of the above ones. Dano is an illegal leak, but so is illegal the BeOSonline developer edition recently released, the BeOSPE license doesn't authorize them to modify and distribute it in such a manner. I'm currently running the BeOSonline developer edition, great job done there, but illegal. Thanksfuly David Nagel is too busy making Palm dissapear and he couldn't care less ("It is a final decision").

An OS is a long and enourmous task, so it's kind of fustrating seeing how three almost identical projects are double coding now to have a BeOS like API in Linux, but that's the history of Opensource, the cathedral and the bazaar and all that. Being the code open, no one cares about other's code, never ending story (Limahl).

All in all, everything is going right so far. We have:
+ illegal but very nice working BeOS5 updates that we all can benefit from (for a personal use)
+ a real cloning BeOS5 and beyond proyect like OBOS
+ a myriad of new and dissipated Linux projects that will bring something good to Linux, the AtheOS GUI in Hayden's case is quite a milestone, yet to be seen.