For years, Google has been silently working on a new operating system named "Fuchsia," with details, rumors and wild speculations that run through the blogosphere every time a new treat comes out. Yesterday, Google pushed the official documentation page at fuchsia.dev with instructions and details that could help developers to play with the early operating system and its software. It appears to be the same information previously available on Fuchsia Git, but with better formatting and a domain that can be verified on Google (according to ICANN's WHOIS).
The degree of minimalism so that Jony Ive was jealous.
The site in its present form is rather rare. The static landing page directs curious content according to the available documentation. Categories for navigation include a code of conduct for related repo, mailing lists, and other communication sites; a review of "Getting Started" describing the required building environment (currently recommended for Debian / macOS); instructions for creating / testing software on the platform; and even examples to be tested, including classics such as Cowsay and Fortune.
Overview of documentation / content.
The System Documentation section will probably be the most interesting among the developers and technically oriented, as it explains some details of how Fuchsia works. Unlike other Google operating systems – Android and OS – Fuchsia does not work on Linux kernel. Instead, it uses different so-called. A micro-core named Zircon (formerly Magenta), which works very otherwise, outsourcing what would typically be considered as core core components.
If you are interested in playing with some early Fuchsia software, go to the developer documentation page, set up a build environment, run Fuchsia and enjoy it. Supported hardware at the time of writing includes Acer Switch Alpha 12 (which appears to be aborted), several generations of Intel NUC and Google Pixelbook. Programmers who are experiencing test problems can even submit patches to Fuchsia.
It is too early to know for sure, but this new developer site can mark the increase of Google's internal priorities when it comes to fireworks.