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Genode OS 14.08 Has New GUI Architecture, Pluggable VFS

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Published on 28 August 2014 03:21 PM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Operating Systems
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Version 14.08 of the Genode general purpose operating system is now available. Genode OS 14.08 brings with it a ton of changes but most pressing is the new GUI architecture.

Genode's GUI stack was redone with its "nitpicker" GUI server to maintain low complexity while adding features like window manager, dynamics, and customizability. The design requirements for their GUI stack were to deliver on security, flexibility, customizability, performance, dynamics, and composability.

Like the redone nitpicker GUI server, the Genode window manager is lightweight (around 2,000 lines of code) and doesn't depend on a C runtime but just the basic Genode API. There's many more details on the Genode GUI architecture for those interested via the project's release announcement.

Genode OS 14.08 Has New GUI Architecture, Pluggable VFS


Genode OS 14.08 also brings pluggable VFS file-system support, C run-time support for time functions, a port of the CPU jitter random number generator, a new port of OpenVPN, networking support for VirtualBox, and much better integration of the Qt5 tool-kit.

Those wishing to learn more about the Genode OS 14.08 release can read the always-thorough details posted at Genode.org.

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Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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