Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 10th Jun 2006 22:26 UTC, submitted by Jakub Jermar
OSNews, Generic OSes HelenOS 0.2.0 has been released. "This release fixes many bugs and adds new functionality both to the kernel and userspace. The kernel now supports graceful task cleanup and the userspace layer was extended with framebuffer and console services. We also ported BSD tetris to demonstrate userspace capabilities of HelenOS. This is the first release with official documentation.".
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RE: I gave it a shot
by jermar on Mon 12th Jun 2006 12:13 UTC in reply to "I gave it a shot"
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Since the Internet release, we have already identified several defects. One of them is related to the userspace console driver initialization as described on our errata page. We would be interested in you testing the current verision on your Dual Xeon box (and also in your rather old version of vmware):

Do you think you can give it another shot?
If yes, please let us know through our mailing list.

Thanks. Jakub

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RE[2]: I gave it a shot
by adamk on Mon 12th Jun 2006 13:46 in reply to "RE: I gave it a shot"
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I tried the new UP version in vmware and it worked. In fact, it's clear that it worked previously. Apparently the first console just shows "This is init", correct? The second shows the PCI configuration on the machine, etc?

I'll try the SMP version when I get a chance. I have two SMP machines at my disposal (the dual xeon and a dual P3). I'll give it a shot on both and report back on the mailing list.


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RE[3]: I gave it a shot
by jermar on Mon 12th Jun 2006 14:03 in reply to "RE[2]: I gave it a shot"
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Thanks for testing!
What you describe is the current userspace functionality except that the console binding is done on demand. Unfortunatelly, things that do most of the work are not visible (kernel and the userspace device drivers). We addded tetris and libpci so that people can see that HelenOS is kind of compatible with the rest of the world and actually does something. Note that you can switch back to the kernel console by pressing F12 and investigate the system a bit. Looking forward to hearing from you on the mailing list.

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