Google Begins Development of Fuchsia Open-Source OS
Unlike Android and Chrome, Google's new operating system will not be based on the Linux kernel. The new OS will use a new kernel called Magenta.Google has begun work on a brand-new open-source operating system called Fuchsia. From the few details that are publicly available on it on the GitHub code repository, Fuchsia will be completely different from Google's Android and Chrome operating systems. Fuchsia appears to be targeted at smartphones, high-end PCs featuring fast processors and large amounts of memory, and internet of things devices. The biggest difference between Google's existing operating systems and Fuchsia is that the latter will not be based on the Linux kernel. It will instead use a new kernel called Magenta, which according to Google's description on GitHub, is the "core platform" powering the Fuchsia OS. Magenta is apparently a midsize kernel based at least partly on Little Kernel, a lightweight operating system designed for use in small, embedded systems with little memory and peripheral support. The technology is positioned as a lightweight alternative to open-source systems like FreeRTOS and ThreatX.
In addition to Little Kernel, Magenta is composed of a set of user space services, libraries for booting and communicating with the hardware and other components. Fuchsia will be a larger operating system built on top of this foundation.