Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 8th May 2017 17:05 UTC

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 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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Googles frustration with Linux
by JMcCarthy on Tue 9th May 2017 19:46 UTC
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I keep hearing this is being developed because Google is frustrated with the nature of Linux kernel development. The lack of stable (in-kernel) API/ABI, lack of control, the update problem.

..Except they get nothing they couldn't get by simply forking the kernel. The problem is they're trying to keep one foot in the door and the other out. Almost none of the problems they've faced are the result of any sort of technical limitation.

The kernel doesn't have a stable driver API because the people in charge don't want one. Fork the kernel and you're the one in charge.

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