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Wired: OS Has a Face You Can Love; Athena Runs on Top of Linux, Mac OS, or Windows

Jan 25, 2001, 18:36 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andy Patrizio)

"People frustrated by the way Windows uses windows or the Mac's menus may soon have an alternative operating system that lets you custom-build the interface. The Athena operating system, under development for almost two years by Rocklyte has the ambitious goal of creating an operating system that will run on any device and look like whatever you want."

"The first beta is out for Athena, which will be a customizable object-oriented interface that can sit on top of any operating system's kernel including Linux, Mac OS and Windows. The modular design enables developers to write one source code base that can be run on all three platforms without rewriting the code."

"Athena is not meant as a replacement for Windows Explorer or for GNOME/KDE on Linux. Instead, it can be used with them, according to Paul Manias, the primary developer and founder of Rocklyte. "Athena does run GNOME and KDE applications," he said. "In the future you may also see Athena applications running within KDE, GNOME and other window managers. For this reason I expect you'll see more of a synergy rather than direct competition."

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