Two googlers offer a guided tour and a demonstration of Fuchsia OS [Video]
Although it was officially launched earlier this year, there is still a bit of mystery surrounding Google’s next operating system, Fuchsia. To help explain the most important details, two Googlers have shared a video tour and Q&A with much of what you might want to know about Fuchsia OS.
Google has been working on a new operating system, Fuchsia, for more than five years now, with project code available for free to browse, download, and even compile on your own for most of that time. However, Fuchsia has been treated very secretly by Google, with very few mentions at events such as Google I / O, where the developers have sought to find out more.
Now that Fuchsia has both opened up to public contributions and provided as a new operating system for Google’s first generation Nest Hub devices, Googlers are now allowed to engage more freely with the community of passionate about Fuchsia. To this end, Rubber duck engineering – a weekly webcast hosted by Fuchsia software engineer Adam Barth and Flutter engineer Eric Seidel – was able to record an episode dedicated to teaching the current state of Fuchsia OS.
In the video tour, Barth – who also shared a wealth of ideas about the inner workings of Fuchsia on Twitter – starts by showing a light version of Fuchsia OS running in an emulator, explaining along the way where to find and download the source code yourself and information on important tools like “fx”.
Right off the bat, one of the coolest things shown is the process of running the software on Fuchsia. In the example, Barth executes the “ls” command (used to list files) and shows how Fuchsia resolves where he can get the “ls” program. On the emulated version, “ls” comes from the code you compiled, and to save developers time, this code can be easily modified, recompiled and rerun without restarting your Fuchsia emulator.
More interestingly, for the average person, it is explained that Fuchsia’s software can come from almost anywhere, like a simple URL. In this way, Fuchsia is compared to a web browser, where it can run software just about anywhere while maintaining the utmost security. Instead of installing and uninstalling software, Fuchsia can simply get apps on the fly and cache them, freeing up unused apps space as needed.
From there, Seidel and Barth delve into some of the inner workings of various components of Fuchsia and how Google sought to optimize them. Most of the rest of the video is devoted to a series of questions from the community, offering insight into things such as the connection between Fuchsia and Flutter. The full video tour is absolutely worth watching if you have even a fleeting interest in what Fuchsia OS has in store for you.
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