Genode Labs Newsletter - April / May 2016


 1. Genode OS Framework 16.05 released
 2. Hack'n'Hike roundup

 1. Genode OS Framework 16.05 released

 We are proud to announce Genode 16.05, which represents the most
 fundamental update of the framework's application-programming
 interface (API) in the project's history. The new API is designed
 to reduce complexity, to lower the risk for programming bugs, and
 - at the same time - further increase the framework's flexibility.
 It is the result of countless experiments and condenses our joint
 experience with the development of over hundred components.

 The fundamental API renovation prompted us to accompany Genode
 16.05 with a new revision of the "Genode Foundations" book, which
 can be downloaded for free:


 The second major focus of the current release is the updated
 arsenal of device drivers. All drivers that we ported from
 Linux were upgraded to the Linux kernel 4.4.3. Specifically,
 the drivers are the Intel wireless stack, the Intel graphics
 driver, the USB driver, and the TCP/IP stack. Thereby, Genode
 users are able to leverage the same drivers as up-to-date Linux
 distributions but each driver encapsulated in a dedicated
 protection domain. The audio driver, which we ported from
 OpenBSD, received an update to OpenBSD 5.9. The device drivers
 are complemented with new infrastructure that makes ACPI platform
 controlling and monitoring features available to Genode users.

 Further highlights are the added ability to use the Rust
 programming language in Genode components and the enhanced
 support for using the GNU debugger on top of the NOVA hypervisor.

 2. Hack'n'Hike roundup

 The seasonal Hack'n'Hike is certainly one of the highlights of
 the Genode developer community. This year's Hack'n'Hike took
 place over the last weekend. In addition to the regular Genode
 Labs team, we welcomed attendees from five different countries.
 We gathered at a medieval manor, including a nice little park
 - the perfect place to barbecue, hanging out drinking Club Mate
 and beer, and hacking under the clear sky. At daylight, we
 explored the western part of the Saxon Switzerland via hikes to
 the Stolpen castle and the famous Bastei.

 The evenings were dedicated to various Genode projects, ranging
 from VirtualBox running on Muen, the creation of new tracing
 tools, the exploration of new package-management ideas, and the
 enabling of the Raspberry Pi 2. The most prominent project,
 however, is a new system scenario named "Heeselicht", which
 is the designated successor of today's "Turmvilla" as the system
 scenario of choice for using Genode as a day-to-day computing

 With this year's Hack'n'Hike just passed, it is time to start
 planning the next edition. If you missed the last one, are
 interested in join again, or like to chime in with organizing
 the next one, please refer to the following topic at our issue


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