Genode Labs Newsletter - October / November 2020


 1. Genode OS Framework 20.11 released
 2. Microkernel developer room at virtual FOSDEM 2021

 1. Genode OS Framework 20.11 released

 The year is coming to an end, but not before we publish another
 Genode release:


 One year ago, we envisioned running our Sculpt operating system
 on 64-bit ARM hardware. Genode 20.11 made this vision a reality.
 Thanks to the intensive development work on the framework's driver
 architecture for ARM platforms and a zoo of drivers for one concrete
 SoC - namely NXP's i.MX8 - we are happy to announce that the Sculpt
 system that we enjoy using on our PC laptops has now become able to
 run on the i.MX8 EVK board. It goes without saying that more boards
 are to follow.

 The second highlight of version 20.11 is the new ability to balance
 CPU workloads among multiple CPU cores in a dynamic fashion. This is
 an important feature for hosting complex multi-threaded application
 software such as web browsers. Our solution greatly benefits from
 Genode's architecture, which ultimately allows us to implement a
 variety of CPU-balancing strategies without adding complexity to
 the operating-system kernel.

 Besides those two major topics, the release features many further
 improvements ranging from reworked audio support, over multicore
 virtualization on ARM, to power management on PC hardware. All the
 details are described in the official release documentation:


 2. Microkernel developer room at virtual FOSDEM 2021

 Every year, we are looking forward to the microkernel developer
 room at the FOSDEM conference, usually held at the beginning of
 February in Brussels. As with all kinds of conferences where big
 crowds of people are gathering, the next edition of FOSDEM cannot
 take place in its usual format.

 However, once the FOSDEM organizers decided to hold an online event
 and asked for participation, Martin Decky of the HelenOS project
 took the initiative to apply for an online microkernel developer
 room. End of November, he announced that his proposal was accepted:


 Even though a virtual event can not be expected to live up to a
 physical presence, it gives us a certain degree of continuity and
 upholds the sense of community among the various projects. The
 latter is especially important for the Free-Software projects like
 ours. We very much appreciate Martin's engagement!

 Everyone working on (or with) open-source microkernel technology,
 please consider participating. The best starting point would be
 tracking the microkernel-devroom mailing list linked above.

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