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: Only two more
by ealm on Thu 28th Mar 2002 19:18 UTC

Even though you think the BeOS GUI is ugly drawn, it doesn't mean it's a bad GUI code-wise - graphically re-design it is a minor.

What is so good with the BeOS GUI is that it's small, fast, responsive and its parts are working thightly together (also it got threads in kernel space)

The BeOS kernel is another story... Performance wise Linux easily outperforms BeOS on most tasks. So sticking this nice BeOS GUI and, last but not least, the oustanding API on/in (not on top like X) is a damn good idea IMO.

This way you get 1. drivers 2. Nice kernel with ALOT of developers 3. Compatiblity (BeOS, Linux, dunno about AtheOS in the long run - but what AtheOS apps can't we live without? ;) )