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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by Any Nonmouse on Wed 27th Mar 2002 21:36 UTC

Atheos's windowing system only supports a few video cards. Does that mean that this new OS will be shy on video support? Or will it be possible to port the X drivers to the Atheos video?

What will happen with Nvidia's drivers? They will have to write new ones for this Windowing system right?

Will there be hardware accelerated drivers and OpenGL support?

This is exciting. Linux has the forward motion and is a buzzword in IT. Using it as a kernel will assure up-to-date and copious hardware support. (I know BSD would too, but it isn't quite the media and IT darling that is Linux). Atheos and Be's GUI will give us a nice, anti-aliased UI.

Oh. More questions...

Will the filesystem use XFS or ReiserFS (future attribute version?)

Will there be a simple application installer?

Will the system be multi-user? (Please, please, please!)