Google's Mysterious Fuchsia OS Up N' Running on PixelBook

Google's Mysterious Fuchsia OS Up N' Running on PixelBook

Unlike Android and Chrome OS, that are based on Linux kernel, the Fuchsia OS is built on Google's Zircon Microkernel. It was very card heavy and similar in terms of looks to Android's Material Design.

For those uninitiated, Andromeda was expected to be Google's Android-Chrome OS hybrid OS, that would run on both smartphones and tablets.

Previously, developers have released Fuchsia's Android-like Armadillo system user interface, but according to the notes, there's now no way to install the OS on ARM-based "targets". The OS is open source, but with no Linux kernel, there's no GPL components-the OS is licensed under a mix of BSD 3 clause, MIT, and Apache 2.0. A page about installing Fuchsia on the Google Pixelbook has also been added which explains the process of placing the laptop in developer mode and booting from a USB drive.

Fuchsia is still incredibly hard to get running.


Google opting to use the Pixelbook to experiment with the Fuchsia is an interesting move given that the OS has only been associated with wearables and Internet of Things devices in the past.

What Does Fuchsia Run on Right Now?

QEMU doesn't have Vulkan support, so the emulator can't actually display Fuchsia's interface-you only get a command line. The first is obviously Android, which is now the most widely used mobile operating system on the planet. The high-end Chromebook sports Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors, which means that its target build will correspond closely with development builds of Fuchsia OS for the Acer Switch Alpha 12, a Windows laptop that has served as a test device internally.

The install process seems complicated. In any case there's no telling on when Google might share details about the platform, but Google I/O 2018 is taking place later this year so perhaps this is the year Google could finally announce something. It is still unclear why Google is developing the new OS, and which devices it is targeted for, but it could be a start to something big.

Fuchsia has only been in development for a year, so it is still very much in its embryonic stages.

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