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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2009-05-30

I think you are underestimating the influence that google has.

Google > manufacturer > hobby os dev/lone coder working in basement.

All google has to do is brand fuchsia as an android upgrade and as long as they don't commit any microsoftian blunders they'll easily be able to get hundreds of millions of users on board.


You are presuming a few key problems.
1) that google is not going to stuff it up.
2) the cost of the drivers in the Linux kernel.

100 million users for sure might be worth it. You are talking a few billion dollars to replace what the Linux kernel provides in hardware support.

Look, I'm well aware of the difficulties caused by proprietary drivers, you are right about the problem and I'll stand right there with you in advocating for more accessibility.


This will be a very hard for a lot of people to hear.

Hardware vendors are very happy with the Linux breaking their closed source drivers all the time. This means the OEM vendor has to pay the hardware vendor every time they want top update.

If Fuchsia has a stable driver ABI with stable drivers this means hardware vendors make less cash.

You are aware of difficulties caused with proprietary drivers you are not aware that the ones that release their drivers open source Fuchsia will have not trouble getting the ones that keep there drivers closed source are not interested in a stable driver ABI as this will mean less income for them.

So Fuchsia design equals head to head with hardware vendors.

Microsoft end up with Windows phone being restricted to a single hardware vendor and Fuchsia could face the same problem.

Having the Fuchsia kernel MIT license I see it only a matter of time until a hardware vendor makes a customised version so creating unstable driver ABI all over again because that is a feature they want.

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