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Google Gets Fuchsia OS Running on Pixelbooks


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Google Gets Fuchsia OS Running on Pixelbooks

Nobody really knows what Fuchsia is for yet, that may also be the case inside Google.

Google currently supports two operating systems: Android and Chrome OS for smartphones, tablets, and Chromebooks, But it has a new OS in development called Fuchsia, and documentation recently appeared showing developers how to run it on a Pixelbook.

Very little is known about what Fuchsia is or what Google intends to do with it. It's even been suggested Google isn't quite sure yet. But as Chrome Unboxed reports, Fuchsia is quite different as it uses the Zircon microkernel and therefore isn't like Android and Chrome OS which run on a Linux kernel.

Fuchsia looks first and foremost to be an OS for embedded systems. So while Android is for smartphones and tablets, Chrome OS for laptops and PCs, Fuchsia would be used in vehicles, white goods, and wearables. For all we know it could end up replacing Google operating systems eventually.

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Fuchsia is open source allowing anyone to work on and improve it. The documentation for running it on Pixelbooks doesn't mean it's ready for general consumption. Fuchsia currently requires two machines connected over a LAN for it to work, with one acting as a host and the other a target. "Good support" is only available for the Pixelbook, Intel NUCs, and the Acer Switch 12. Google even warns that creating the install media "will be destructive" to the USB drive used.

For now, Fuchsia is a wait-and-see project. As more hardware gets support, more developers will start experimenting with it, improving it, and sharing their work. Fuchsia could turn into a fully-functioning OS very soon, what we don't know is whether that will be a desktop or mobile OS, or one reserved for embedded devices. We have already seen a mobile user interface for it, though.

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