==================================== Genode Labs Newsletter - August 2008 ==================================== This is the first Genode-Labs newsletter. Thanks for your interest in our newly founded company and the projects we pursue. If you have friends or colleagues who might be interested in our projects, we would appreciate you to forward this email. If you received this newsletter as a forwarded email, you may subscribe to the newsletter here: http://genode-labs.com/newsletter Content 1. Company founded at 15th of May 2. Launch of our project website for the Genode OS Framework 3. Release of the Genode OS Framework version 8.08 4. Road Map 1. Genode Labs started to exist ------------------------------- The planning of founding our company started in spring 2007 when we (Christian Helmuth and Norman Feske) finished the preliminary elaboration on our new OS architecture. Our excitement about the results and the feedback we received from 3rd parties stimulated our ambition to advance this technology as an independent company. We wanted clear the way for the practical application of our solution for solving real-world problems. In addition to our research job at the university, we started the preparation of our spin-off in mid 2007. These preparations included the negotiation about the use of the IP that we created as university staff members, educating us about law and economics, creating a business concept, and finding a suitable office. Our general business approach is to start small, learn how to do business and get profitable at a small scale, and then grow organically. With the formal start of our company Genode Labs at the 15th of May, we entered the second phase of life of our company with the goal to become fully operational. One corner stone for achieving this goal is our company website: http://www.genode-labs.com There, you can find the profile of our offered services and an overview about the technologies that we are striving to turn into products. Our profile is focused on two main areas of competence: 1. Genode OS Framework, which is the reference implementation of our custom OS architecture. With its novel organizational approach, our architecture is able to align highly dynamic workloads with robustness, security, and low complexity. You can find a general overview about Genode here: http://genode.org/documentation/general-overview 2. Customized graphical user interfaces, built upon our rich pool of GUI implementations including widget sets, window management, graphics drivers, and low-level rendering. An overview about the foundation of our graphics-related work including screenshots is available here: http://www.genode-labs.com/products/graphical-user-interfaces Today, we enter the third phase of our company, which aims at becoming independent from the funding that we receive from the german state. Hence, our current main focus is the acquisition of projects. These projects do not necessarily need to relate to our above mentioned core competencies. More generally, we are willing to work on projects about system software, application development, and web development: http://www.genode-labs.com/services If you think, we could be of value for a project of yours, please do not hesitate to contact us. 2. Project website for the Genode OS Framework ---------------------------------------------- On 29th of July, we launched the project website for the Genode OS Framework. Our intension behind this website is to motivate individuals, companies, and researchers to join our effort to advance Genode as an open-source community project. To spawn the interest of potential developers, we focused our work on creating architectural and technical documentation. You can see the result at http://genode.org Furthermore, we compiled a web page that lists interesting challenges and opportunities for further development. We plan to extend this collection on a regular basis. http://genode.org/community/wiki/Challenges 3. Release of the Genode OS Framework version 8.08 -------------------------------------------------- Shortly after launching the Genode project website, we released the first public version of the full source code of the Genode OS Framework. For naming our versions, we use the Ubuntu version-naming scheme, which takes the current year as major number and the month as minor number. Hence, this version is called 8.08. You can find the release notes and the download link at the download section of genode.org: http://genode.org/download/latest-release 4. Road map and horizon ----------------------- With the release of the Genode OS Framework 8.08, we reached our first milestone of this project and our company. The next release is scheduled for November. For the upcoming release, we plan the incremental extension of the base API, a device-driver framework, and a C runtime environment. In addition to our work at Genode Labs, there are two very interesting developments conducted as research studies at TU Dresden. Julian Stecklina ported the predecessor of the Genode OS Framework to the L4/Pistachio microkernel and he plans to make his work available to our project soon. We are very happy about Julian joining our community. Furthermore, Christian Prochaska ported Qt4 on top Genode and he was able to demonstrate his work on both the Linux version and the L4/Fiasco version. We are excited to see a development framework as complex as Qt4 to be executable on our platform. Best regards -- Norman Feske Genode Labs In the case of receiving this newsletter unintended, you can cancel your subscription at any time by replying to this email with the subject set to "unsubscribe".