Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 8th May 2017 17:05 UTC
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Ars Technica has an article with screenshots about a new development in Fuchsia, Google's research (maybe?) operating system. The project has a very basic and barebones graphical user interface now.

The home screen is a giant vertically scrolling list. In the center you'll see a (placeholder) profile picture, the date, a city name, and a battery icon. Above the are "Story" cards - basically Recent Apps - and below it is a scrolling list of suggestions, sort of like a Google Now placeholder. Leave the main screen and you'll see a Fuchsia "home" button pop up on the bottom of the screen, which is just a single white circle.

The GUI is called Armadillo, and Hotfixit.net has instructions on how to build it, and a video of it in action.

Google still hasn't said anything about Fuchsia's purpose or intended goal, but Travis Geiselbrecht did state in IRC that it isn't a toy, and it isn't a 20% project. At this point, the safest bet is to just call it a research operating system, but of course, it's exciting to imagine this brand new open source operating system having a bigger role to play.

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oiaohm
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Except they aren't a lone developer coding on their basement and already have ChromeOS, Android and Android Things to take code from.

But what the need for hardware support they mostly cannot take from the Linux kernel without ending up with major problems. Linux kernel drivers are design that they have ring 0 in lots of cases and this new kernel need the drivers to run in userspace.

A lone coder in their basement is not much different. 11 developers who are working on other projects along with Fuchsia. That is about equal to one developer focused on a single project.

You need Fuchsia developer count to cross 50 be sure it going somewhere.

I see Fuchsia being another Tizen looks good until someone looked under the hood and does a security audit.

sel4 exists and provides a very good model on how to write a OS from scratch and be secure from the ground up. Fuchsia does not follow this model.

Linux kernel is doing a lot of work to attempt to go in the sel4 direction.

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