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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Is Linux Bad?
by emey on Wed 27th Mar 2002 11:55 UTC

Many commenting about boot time. My AMD-K6 400MHz boot linux with full GUI in 32s. The system was built from srcatch and using my own boot script. However it only have network, apache and mysql services. MySQL takes around 3s. Now I'm posting using the system.

My comment on the fork of AtheOS is that it is good. Maybe one way of innovation. Those who keep bashing Bill for using Linux should think again, why bashing him for doing what he likes to do? You yourself could do it if you want AtheOS GUI works on *BSD or whatever your lovely OS.

I still got an idea that XFree86 still can be improved, but I put my thumb up for Bill. I've tried AtheOS and it is a good works but not to say it will replace Window$. Window$ is good and very usable but for me I don't like it. If there are other OS that can do what Window$ can do, it doesn't have to kill it, maybe just share the market with it.

The should be opportunity for every OS if the developer work for it. We don't have to flame, bashing and "killing' each other just to say our beloved OS is the best. Original BeOS maybe dead but it still got a lot of follower that will keep looking for replacement as what happened to Amiga lover. There are also a lot of new OS such as AdaOs, Hurd, MenuetOS, MarteOS, Rome, *Dos etc that seeking for followers and have their own lover.

But one sure thing is that, although some say GPL is the problem for Linux, it still hold the title the most known OSS OS in the world. Maybe *BSD, OBOS, NewOS and others can claim the title in the future. Who knows?