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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"Linux Distro" ??
by drfastcarrot on Sat 30th Mar 2002 22:05 UTC

I would benture to say that this project is not a mere linux distribution. Just because a product uses the linux kernel does not make it the same as 'running a BEos like GUI on top of Linux' or the like. Darwin is the core of OS X, but is OSX simply considered Darwin? Of course not. What makes the linux distros as they are(perhaps better referred to as GNU linux)is the myriad software running on top of the kernel...ie X11, shells, daemons, etc. The kernel itself is a really tiny element of the system and just holds things together. This is not to say that the kernel isn't a major or important element, but on the contrary it is quite important, and I applaud this project for choosing the Linux kernel as a base because it is getting really solid.