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])
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"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
"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."