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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Regarding the proprietary drivers
by Lazarus on Tue 9th May 2017 20:05 UTC
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Regarding the proprietary drivers, you have that problem now with Android, especially in the GPU area. The GPL has done fuck-all to fix that for us.

What employing a non-GPL'd microkernel could allow is a stable driver API/ABI in userspace, allowing you to swap out the rest of the OS for an updated version while still being able to use that exact same GPU driver binary regardless of the vendors desire to keep it updated.

Not something you could ever reliably do on Android due to the Linux kernel being such a fast moving, ever mutating target.

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