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Google's "Fuchsia" smartphone OS dumps Linux, has a wild new UI

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This looks gorgeous.

About the reason of this OS’s existence, I quote Ars:

Unlike Android and Chrome OS, Fuchsia is not based on Linux—it uses a new, Google-developed microkernel called “Magenta.” With Fuchsia, Google would not only be dumping the Linux kernel, but also the GPL: the OS is licensed under a mix of BSD 3 clause, MIT, and Apache 2.0. Dumping Linux might come as a bit of a shock, but the Android ecosystem seems to have no desire to keep up with upstream Linux releases. Even the Google Pixel is still stuck on Linux Kernel 3.18, which was first released at the end of 2014.

Another reason might be that Android has too much Java throughout it, and since the Oracle fiasco Google is striving for the removal of Java from Android as much as possible. This new OS makes sense in that they try to not use Java and instead use their home-grown Dart language which struggled and failed to be adopted as an alternative to JavaScript so fell back to a transpiled language.

And with a new OS Google is able to also clean-room how they make their apps. Dart looks pretty damn interesting as does the SDK. I’m certainly eager to see this project succeed.

Still, I’d hope that the customizability of Android would remain if not a priority, at least a possibility.

Also 😍 rounded corners everywhere.