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: Questions...
by Eugenia on Wed 27th Mar 2002 22:21 UTC

>Does that mean that this new OS will be shy on video support?

Yes.

>Or will it be possible to port the X drivers to the Atheos video?

Difficult.

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

Yes. But do not forget that AtheOS already has support for GeForce cards. There is some source available for the 2D drivers for nVidia, so no problem to port them over.

>Will there be hardware accelerated drivers and OpenGL support?

Surely not. Not at this point at least.

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

I think Bill uses ReiserFS. My personal favorite is indeed XFS.

>Will there be a simple application installer?

Who knows? ;)

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

AtheOS is already multiuser and Linux is too. It will be a huge oversight if it won't be.