|Developer||Kristian Van Der Vliet, Kaj de Vos, Rick Caudill, Arno Klenke, Henrik Isaksson|
|Source model||Open source|
|Initial release||0.4.0 / July 2002|
|Latest release||0.6.7 / April 12, 2012|
|License||GNU General Public License|
Syllable Desktop is a free and open source operating system for Pentium and compatible processors. Its purpose is to create an easy-to-use desktop operating system for the home and small office user. It was forked from the stagnant AtheOS in July 2002.
Features according to the official website include:
- Native 64-bit journaled file system, the AtheOS File System (usually abbreviated to AFS in this context; not to be confused with the Andrew File System which shares the same abbreviation)
- C++ oriented API
- Object-oriented graphical desktop environment on a native GUI architecture
- Mostly POSIX compliant
- Software ports, including Vim, Perl, Python, Apache, others.
- GNU toolchain (GCC, Glibc, Binutils, Make)
- Preemptive multitasking with multithreading
- Symmetric multiprocessing (multiple processor) support
- Device drivers for most common hardware (video, sound, network chips)
- File system drivers for FAT (read/write), NTFS (read) and ext2 (read)
- Rebol as system scripting language
Another version of Syllable OS is the Syllable Server, which is based on Linux core.
- Michael Saunders (2 August 2004) Syllable - The Little OS with a Big Future, OSNews
- Jeff Park (23 August 2006) Syllable: A different open source OS, Linux.com
- Rohan Pearce (30 August 2011) Developer Q&A: Syllable OS, Techworld
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