Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 8th May 2017 17:05 UTC
Google

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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Talent needs something interesting to do
by wigry on Tue 9th May 2017 12:24 UTC
wigry
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2008-10-09

Perhaps the inhouse custom OS development is just a way to keep talented people occupied with something interesting until their talent will be required in another project instead of keeping them idle and giving them reason to think about leaving.

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Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

wigry,

Perhaps the inhouse custom OS development is just a way to keep talented people occupied with something interesting until their talent will be required in another project instead of keeping them idle and giving them reason to think about leaving.


Haha, what an interesting thought.

I've heard accounts of what it's like to work at google: many employees there are way overqualified for what it is they do because google can get the top candidates even for positions that don't really warrant it. There are so many applicants competing to get into the doors, but it's not particularly more challenging than other jobs. So it might make sense that they would be bored. I've heard that one of the worst aspects of working at google is that you feel like a cog working in a huge machine with little opportunity to make a difference. Well in small companies we have far more influence, but pay is worse.

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