Genode Labs Newsletter - June/July 2012


 1. Celebrate the 4th Anniversary of Genode with us
 2. Interview in Revista Espírito Livre magazine
 3. Genode comes to Pandaboard (Texas Instruments OMAP4)
 4. NOVA Hypervisor supported on 64-bit x86 machines

 1. Celebrate the 4th Anniversary of Genode with us

 When we released the first version of the Genode OS Framework four
 years ago, a few people recognized the potential of the technology
 but considered Genode largely as a research endeavor, which was
 probably right at that time. Now, four years of dedication and 16
 releases later, Genode has evolved to a comprehensive and useful
 framework that increasingly captures the interest of the "real
 world". Over the course of the last year, we learned about several
 industrial research organizations who picked up our work to build
 upon, received inquiries about licensing our technology for the
 use in products, and observed increased public interest in the
 prospects Genode promises with regard to privacy and security.

 The most significant event for the project during the past year,
 however, was our move to liberate its development process and
 thereby expose our way of working and all technical discussions to
 the public. Although this was a radical move for a small company
 as ours, we got immediately rewarded by new developers and users
 entering the scene and an emerging community spirit.

 To celebrate these achievements together with us, we would like to
 welcome you to join us having a barbecue and campfire at the

   Google Maps: http://goo.gl/maps/C0luj

   23th of August, 6 pm near Moritzburger Str. 1 in Dresden

 Everyone who feels attached to Genode in some way to another,
 please do not hesitate to drop by, hang out with the Genode crowd,
 and enjoy the barbecue and beverages. If you plan to attend,
 please send a brief notice until 20th of August to


 2. Interview in Revista Espírito Livre magazine

 The Brazilian Revista Espírito Livre is a magazine dedicated to
 Free and Open-Source software. With current issue 36, the
 Portuguese language magazine explores controversial questions
 about Internet freedom, privacy, neutrality among others. Genode
 seemingly represents a possible technical answer to some of these

 For this reason Revista Espírito editor João Fernando asked us
 to explain our motives behind Genode in more detail. In the
 comprehensive interview starting at page 35, Genode co-founder
 Norman Feske talks about the background and motivation behind the
 project, describes the current structure of the community, and
 outlines his vision of the next generation of operating systems.

 Please visit the Revista Espírito Livre website to download the
 Portuguese-language magazine:


 The English version of the interview can be found here:


 3. Genode comes to Pandaboard (Texas Instruments OMAP4)

 Pandaboard (http://pandaboard.org) is a popular low-cost reference
 platform for the ARM-based OMAP4 SoC by Texas Instruments. It
 features a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 CPU, which is accompanied with
 peripherals such as HDMI output, LAN, SD-card, and USB.

 Over the course of the past three months, we have enhanced Genode
 with comprehensive support for this SoC. The results are already
 available at our Git repository and will become part of the
 upcoming release 12.08. The scope of platform support comprises
 drivers for USB HID, HDMI output, SD-card, and networking.
 Furthermore, there are ready-to-use Genode configurations for
 running one or multiple instances of L4Linux (on the Fiasco.OC
 kernel) on the Pandaboard.

 4. NOVA Hypervisor supported on 64-bit x86 machines

 NOVA is a so-called microhypervisor for the x86 architecture. It
 combines the principles of microkernels with capability-based
 security and hardware-assisted virtualization.

 Genode supports NOVA as base platform since 2010. But because we
 used NOVA solely for sporadic research activities and NOVA was
 lacking a regular release schedule, Genode's platform support
 received only little attention. This has changed now. NOVA's
 main developer Udo Steinberg moved from TU Dresden to Intel Labs
 where he leads the development of NOVA as an Open-Source project.
 In fact, the code is now being hosted at GitHub:


 This ignited our renewed interest in promoting this platform to
 a first-level citizen of our framework. The first significant
 improvement is the recently added 64-bit support of NOVA. We
 enabled Genode to work with both variants of the
 kernel - 32 and 64 bit.

 We congratulate the NOVA developers to this new model of
 development and open collaboration and look forward to work
 closely together!

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