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    Default IBM Releases FusedOS Operating System

    Phoronix: IBM Releases FusedOS Operating System

    Just days after a brand new cloud operating system was released, IBM is out with a new operating system of its own. FusedOS is IBM's new research project that's now an open-source general purpose OS...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTQ3MDM

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    Oh wow, let me fire up the Blue Gene in the basement!

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    When I saw "IBM" and "general purpose" I thought "OS/3"

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    Quote Originally Posted by r1348 View Post
    Oh wow, let me fire up the Blue Gene in the basement!
    Exactly, the news implied half of Phoronix aren't running supercomputers in their basements :P

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    This and that other "virtual guest OS" make me start to think about Xinu (Xinu Is Not Unix) that popped up years ago. Basically Xinu wasn't so much an OS as an "application hardware support layer" - it gave your application the stuff it needed to run right on hardware. Except that these days with virtualization, your application isn't so much sitting on hardware as it is on a VM.

    So I believe we're now seeing multiple stabs at the Xinu-on-VM approach, and it will be interesting to see what sugars out. It will also be interesting to see what gets pushed back into the hypervisor, as the guests simplify.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phred14 View Post
    This and that other "virtual guest OS" make me start to think about Xinu (Xinu Is Not Unix) that popped up years ago. Basically Xinu wasn't so much an OS as an "application hardware support layer" - it gave your application the stuff it needed to run right on hardware. Except that these days with virtualization, your application isn't so much sitting on hardware as it is on a VM.

    So I believe we're now seeing multiple stabs at the Xinu-on-VM approach, and it will be interesting to see what sugars out. It will also be interesting to see what gets pushed back into the hypervisor, as the guests simplify.
    I studied Xinu in an operating systems intro class waaaay back in the early 80s when virtualization was pretty much relegated to IBM mainframes and it was just a primitive OS that provided rather basic services to what was running above it. Pretty interesting concepts there and well worth revisiting!

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