I want to say a few words about my current adventure. I joined the Fuchsia project at its inception and worked on the daunting task of building and shipping a brand new open-source operating system.
As my colleague Chris noted, pointing to this comparison of a device running a Linux-based OS vs Fuchsia, making Fuchsia invisible was not an easy feat.
Of course, under the hood, a lot is different. We built a brand new message-passing kernel, new connectivity stacks, component model, file-systems, you name it. And yes, there are a few security things I’m excited about.
Fuchsia is a much bigger deal than most people think. Make no mistake about it – this is the future of all of Google’s end-user facing operating systems, from Chrome OS, Android, all the way down to Wear OS and Google Home devices. The amazing thing is that with the way Fuchsia is built and designed, including its support for Android applications, most users will be none the wiser they’ve jumped from Linux to something new.
I agree. It’s an interesting read. I don’t think many of the ideas are that new, but I’m glad they’re addressing various problems we have with linux. To be honest I find it highly unlikely it would hit critical mass if not for the fact that google is behind it. But since they are, google is in a very strong position to shift a lot of market share from android/linux to fuchsia rather quickly. Of course the counterargument is the google graveyard, because that’s where so many google projects go to die.
But assuming google does make the push I think it’s going to come as something of a shock to the linux community. The limited support we have on ARM is mostly down to vendors supporting android. It’s to early to call, but assuming that vendors follow google to fuchsia, it could leave linux’s mobile market-share very vulnerable.
All in all good luck with beating Linux. Even if you are Google i don’t believe you have a realistic chance.