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Genode OS Draws Up Plans For 2014

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Published on 12 February 2014 04:15 PM EST
Written by Michael Larabel in Operating Systems
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The Genode Operating System Framework has been one of the more interesting and successful open-source OS research projects of recent times. Genode OS is becoming increasingly usable to enthusiasts and is also proving to be an interesting environment for developers. A lot of headway was made for Genode OS in 2013, but there's already a list of TODO items for the community-based operating system in 2014.

We have been covering Genode OS on Phoronix since 2010 and each year seems to get more interesting. Last year the modern OS gained ARM support, new drivers, Qt5 and multi-processor support, and other new features.

After a presentation earlier this month at FOSDEM, we now have an idea for their agenda in 2014. Those interested in Genode OS or hearing about the project for the first time can checkout their 2014 PDF slides that contain a plethora of information outside of their road-map. Extensive information on the project is also found at Genode.org.

When it comes to the Genode Operating System Framework road-map for 2014, the project hopes to see a capability-based user-interface, a custom base hardware kernel platform, third-party source-code package management, an improved block-level infrastructure, and wireless networking support. The new kernel platform is to entail multi-processor support, capability-based security, and virtualization. The block infrastructure work would be revolving around supporting a block cache and block encryption within the operating system.

There's additionally a Genode.org road-map page that lays out the specific action items for their 14.02, 14.05, 14.08, and 14.11 releases. With Genode OS 14.08 they hope to support a desktop environment and TOR on Genode. The wireless plans for the OS is supporting Intel hardware by the end of the year. Hopefully we will see these features materialize in 2014 along with other great work out of this open-source project.

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