Linked by David Adams on Fri 30th Nov 2007 19:18 UTC, submitted by pablo_marx
General Development ES is a fairly interesting looking open source research OS created by Nintendo. Runs natively on x86 (and qemu of course), kernel is written in C++, uses an ECMAScript interpreter for all of the userland, uses Cairo for graphics, and even has a port of Squeak.
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RE[2]: Why?
by reduz on Fri 30th Nov 2007 20:41 UTC in reply to "RE: Why?"
reduz
Member since:
2006-02-25

It's a research system, not a console system

That doesn't imply or answer anything, the question is Why does nintendo do that and with such choice of technology? To me it seems more like someone playing around in one of the Nintendo R&D houses, as the technology has nothing to do with anything i've ever seen from them.

btw: I'm an official developer.

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RE[3]: Why?
by rayiner on Sat 1st Dec 2007 07:40 in reply to "RE[2]: Why?"
rayiner Member since:
2005-07-06

I dunno. I think the mix of technologies makes a lot of sense. Javascript is quite a reasonable language for writing userspace stuff that doesn't need to be fast. And Squeak is an excellent platform for doing GUI stuff in an easy-to-use way, and supporting it gives you quick access to a well-developed, portable GUI system.

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