The Null Device

Bad news (though not unexpected): Palm rules out opening BeOS code, essentially burying one of the more innovative fringe OSes of recent years. Though some people are imploring them to accept a plan to allow interested hackers pay to work on a fork, which remains property of Palm. Umm, OK... Though there is some good news: someone is working on a free BeOS clone, which already runs some binaries.

And then there's AtheOS, which already has pretty screenshots and succeeds in making Linux look conservative. (Which it is, in a sense, being for the most part a variation on the 30-year-old UNIX model.)

(Note to self: play around with AtheOS once you have access to spare PCs again.)

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