Google Pixelbook Targeted For A Fuchsia OS Build

Alfred Osborne
January 12, 2018

Google has not yet officially announced the Fuchsia OS as it is still a project under construction. Functionally, Fuchsia should be nearly no different across test devices, once booted up, form factor differences notwithstanding.

Fuchsia is built on Magenta, which is itself based on LittleKernel, a code created to be used in an embedded system, that is, computers that have a specific goal without any user interaction.

Check out Chrome Unboxed for more info on this new Fuchsia release, and we'll be on the lookout for further developments.

Fuchsia has been around in some form or another for quite some time, seemingly poised to supplant either Chrome OS, Android, or both.

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Very little is known about what Fuchsia is or what Google intends to do with it. The OS is open source, but with no Linux kernel, there's no GPL components-the OS is licensed under a mix of BSD 3 clause, MIT, and Apache 2.0. Fuchsia now requires two machines connected over a LAN for it to work, with one acting as a host and the other a target. Have a peek back at Beyond Android: Our first look at Google Fuchsia back in May of previous year. Even though it is entirely open-source, to which the developer community can contribute to, there is still no information provided by the company as to what it will be used for. The documentation for running it on Pixelbooks doesn't mean it's ready for general consumption. As for when this will be, well... that's anyone's guess. Back in May 2017 we saw a video of what the OS would look like running on a smartphone, but now it looks like Google has begun opening up Fuchsia testing for laptops too.

Well, we just learned a something new about it - it's being tested on the Google Pixelbook, the standard bearer for Google's Chromebooks.

As of right now, you can definitely file this one under interesting. In any case there's no telling on when Google might share details about the platform, but Google I/O 2018 is taking place later this year so perhaps this is the year Google could finally announce something. I'm really looking forward to see how this develops in the coming months and years.

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