Back in March, a young operating system project attracted attention in the open source community. The project is called Redox and its developers are working on a Unix-like operating system written in the Rust language. The Redox operating system features a microkernel design (like MINIX), the permissive MIT license and some interesting design ideas.
While I read a lot of opinions in March about the developers and their design goals, I encountered very little commentary on what it was like to use the young operating system itself. This lead me to become curious and download the project's small installation ISO which is just 26MB in size.
We are excited to officially introduce Ignition, the next-generation machine provisioning utility from CoreOS. Those who follow along closely may have noticed that Ignition has been a part of CoreOS for the better part of a year. The project has had time to be tested and to mature, and the features and user interface are in a place where we are happy to encourage daily, heavy duty use. It’s also a good time to welcome the community to test and help improve Ignition. Before diving into the details, let’s understand why we built Ignition in the first place.
Remix OS has quickly gained a well-deserved cult following, thanks to its clever way of taking the Android OS and making it work a little bit more like a desktop OS. It offers proper windows, a browse-able file system, keyboard shortcuts, and full access to official Google Play apps. It is in many ways everything that Google ought to be doing wth Android. And now, as 9to5Google reports, it's available for Google's own tablets, the Nexus 9 and Nexus 10.
What Android needed was productivity features, and that’s been the goal of the Remix system. Jide incorporated in 2014 and made an interesting bet. All three founders are Chinese American, but they chose to found the company in the innovation hotbed of China, close to the engineers and supply chains they needed.
“China is where the talent pool is,” says Ko.
There was a specific reason, too. Jide wanted to extend Android from ARM to x86, and developed a close relationship with Android-x86 project founder Chih-Wei Huang, an open-source veteran based in Taiwan.
This latest version features a new management system that centrally controls the Qubes OS configuration based on Salt management software.
The in-house installation wizard offers various options to precreate some useful configurations. The release also supports booting on machines with UEFI and introduces additional hardware support for a range of video cards.
Qubes OS is not for the faint-hearted. Even Linux users familiar with other security-enhanced distros will feel the challenge in installing and setting up this unique Linux desktop.
AT A TIME when we're spending so much of our energy moaning about a certain operating system, it's nice to be able to say something positive rather than just tell you what not to buy.
Enter Remix OS, the answer to a problem that even Google has repeatedly failed to solve: how to bring the overwhelming popularity of Android to the desktop.