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Google's Fuchsia OS Still a Mystery, But It's Running on Pixelbook

Google's Fuchsia OS Still a Mystery, But It's Running on Pixelbook

A Google Pixelbook computer is shown at the SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco in October just before its release. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

By    |   Wednesday, 03 January 2018 01:04 PM

Google’s Fuchsia OS is still shrouded in mystery a year down the line but that hasn't stopped the tech giant from allowing some developers to run the operating system on a Pixelbook.

Little is known about Fuchsia, which was created by Google and then open-sourced to developers to contribute towards, but documentation was recently released showing how to run the operating system on the $1,000 device, The Verge noted.

The Pixelbook, a portable laptop/tablet hybrid which runs Chrome OS, was just released in October.

According to PC Magazine, Fuchsia is not like the Android and Chrome OS supported by Google, which run on a Linux kernel.

Instead, the mysterious OS, which appears to be developed for embedded systems, uses the Zircon microkernel.

It takes two machines connected over LAN to run Fuchsia – and Google warns, installing the OS, which can only be done with a USB drive, is “destructive” to the device.

It’s unclear what Fuchsia will be used for and Google has been cryptic when speaking about the OS.

The most that has been said on the topic came from the vice president of Android engineering, Dave Burke, who called the operating system an early-stage experimental project.

“We actually have lots of cool early projects at Google, he said, according to Chrome Unboxed.

“I think what’s interesting here is its open source, so people can see it and comment on it. Like lots of early-stage projects, it’s gonna probably pivot and morph.”

Fuchsia developer Travis Geiselbrecht further noted that the operating system was not “a toy thing” or a “20% project,” per Chrome Unboxed.

“It’s not a dumping ground of a dead thing that we don’t care about anymore,” he said.

Digital Trends said Fuchsia can be run on an Android device because large chunks of the OS is written using the Flutter SDK.

The Android version of the operating system is believed to be called Armadillo and, according to Digital Trends, it reimagines the device’s home screen.

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