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 Codemaster Z on Thu 28th Mar 2002 20:46 UTC

Hear, Hear! I am sick and tired of the anti-GPL whiners, especially on Slashdot, where I am migrating from. In my opinion, the GPL is the ONLY reason Linux (GNU/Linux) is where it is today, ahead of the other open source projects in popularity, use, and mindshare (and obviously ahead of superior closed source projects, such as BeOS and AmigaOS). I like BSD, I think TECHNICALLY it's better than Linux, but the anarchistic freedom of their licensing prevents me from writing for it, since what I freely give to the community will likely end up in Microsoft's product, fuelling their monopoly. That's the reason Microsoft is pro-BSD and anti-Linux; Linux, due to the GPL, can't be embraced, extended, and extinguished. I agree 100% with you. Good post.