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  • Genode Aims To Produce A General Purpose OS

    Phoronix: Genode Aims To Produce A General Purpose OS

    2012 could be an especially interesting year for open-source software with continued advancements in the area of open-source drivers, prominent announcements, major software releases like GIMP 2.8 and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, and much more. Another event to look forward to next year is a new operating system release built atop the unique Genode Operating System Framework...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTAyMzI

  • #2
    That's great, I didn't know about Genode.

    It looks like micro kernel are coming back: we got recent updates for Hurd, Minix and now Genode!

    Does any of you use a micro kernel based OS for personal computing ?

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    • #3
      Mh ok they ported Gallium3D to Genode and the DRM Drivers ? Because i cant see the reason for gallium 3d if no hardware drivers are available.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Nille View Post
        Mh ok they ported Gallium3D to Genode and the DRM Drivers ? Because i cant see the reason for gallium 3d if no hardware drivers are available.
        I thought that gallium3d generates a driver. So how big is the missing part ?

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        • #5
          Gallium3D is indeed only one part of the graphics stack. However, the Genode project took a quite holistic approach including Intel's GEM and AGP drivers, libdrm, and Gallium3D - all running in user space. That said, Gallium3D support is still considered as being experimental at this stage.

          See http://genode.org/documentation/rele...0.08#section-0.

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          • #6
            Note that the Linux kernel they can run is 32 bits for now

            They can run the Linux kernel as a process but the only kernel that will compile (at least in the last version) is 32 bits. One interesting thing is that the drivers run in userspace and there are facilities to use the driver code from Linux. If you haven't already check out the Live demo iso.

            Genode is interesting cause you won't need the Linux kernel anymore and it's more secure (at least in theory).

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