Linked by Eugenia Loli on Mon 27th Aug 2001 05:22 UTC
Syllable, AtheOS AtheOS is a modern, free (GPLed) Operating System written from scratch in C++. A big chunk of the OS is POSIX compliant, supports multiprocessing and it is GUI-oriented (fully OOP). Today we are hosting an interesting interview with the AtheOS creator, Kurt Skauen. Kurt is talking about his views on binary compatibility in future versions, multithreading and the future of his OS in general.
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Re: Multithreading
by stippi on Mon 27th Aug 2001 18:45 UTC

I can see the problems with forcing people to use multiple threads and how it's hard when porting large single threaded projects. However, I must say, I was forced to learn a better way of designing my applications. In my applications, asynchronous messages mostly originate from user generated events, and I have never experienced any dropped messages. The only problem I have come across is app_server dropping mouse events because my code is too slow that deals with them. Thus you sometimes see views keeping hold of the mouse while you already released it. I suspect I should make sure MouseMoved() is a little speedier. I don't think synchronous code would be any better off, because it would force the user to keep the mouse still once in a while to let the app catch up.... hehe. If someone can find the link to the "diary" of the original JAVA port to BeOS, I highly recommend reading it, it tells a story of how JAVA ended up being/feeling much better then even when running on a Sun - by redesigning it to be multithreaded. Was it John Wätte doing the port? www.b500.com ?? Anybody? -Stephan