posted by Thom Holwerda on Tue 18th Nov 2008 06:45 UTC, submitted by pablo_marx
IconMicrosoft has released an initial release of version 2.0 of the Singularity operating system (research development kit, as it likes to call it). Singularity is a microkernel research operating system, where the kernel, drivers, and applications are all written in managed code. Singularity is released under a shared source academic license, and you can do whatever you want with it, except making money (simply put).

The following new features and fixes are included in Singularity 2.0:

  • Support for AMD64 64-bit platforms
  • Updates to the Bartok MSIL-to-native compiler and the Sing# compiler
  • A new, more modern and extensible bootloader
  • Several new applications and application documentation
  • Eventing support
  • More extensive ACPI support
  • A unit testing library
  • A ramdisk device
  • An SMB client service
  • Can now check out the most recent version of the Singularity RDK directly from CodePlex source control

You can download a pre-built .iso image for use in a virtual machine or a real-world install, or a .zip package containing the source code.

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