Full Genode Install

Norman Feske norman.feske at ...1...
Tue Oct 28 14:56:16 CET 2014


I'm afraid that we are not really there yet. You are right that a lot of
puzzle pieces are already in place and Genode can certainly be used to
build interesting application scenarios. Within Genode Labs, we are
regularly building quite sophisticated scenarios including VirtualBox,
Arora, Seoul, Rump-kernel-based file systems, and many more components.

But for being fit as a general-purpose OS, there is still the need to
address some remaining points, in particular proper packaging. Right
now, we use run scripts to build whole system scenarios. For
comprehensive scenarios, the build can take hours. This is acceptable
for special-purpose systems but it does not scale enough for a
general-purpose OS. The work flow of building and using the latter
should be far more interactive. E.g., installing new subsystem on the
fly without the need to rebuild a system image or even reboot the machine.

That said, we definitely strive for Genode to become a general-purpose
OS. So we will take on these challenges. This intention is best
illustrated by our recently added GUI stack (the composition of window
manager, nitpicker, decorator, window layouter). So stay tuned! ;-)

Of course, you are very welcome to investigate Genode as a
general-purpose OS on your own. E.g., porting the Debian bootstrapping
to a Noux instance would certainly be an interesting project. Or another
(and in my personal opinion more thrilling) idea, port the Nix package
manager to a Noux environment.


Dr.-Ing. Norman Feske
Genode Labs

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