LIKE THE smell of the ozone layer (look it up), Google has gone fuchsia. The company is currently working on a new operating system that will, we're told, run on just about anything, and it's called Fuchsia.
We suspect that the idea came about late one night when some developers were sucking down a few free cold ones from the Google fridge when someone suddenly said: 'I've gotta new idea for an operation schichtem! It's the Fuchsia!'
The open source OS is still in its early days but is already up on GitHub and Google's own repository for your contributing pleasure. The twist is that it works on 64-bit ARM chips and Intel-based systems and is coming soon to the Raspberry Pi 3.
'But what's it for?'
'We don't know.'
'Fat lot of use you are INQUIRER.'
Well, we have a fair idea actually, it's just that Google hasn't given us all the skinny yet. It could be a new system designed to bring together the increasingly fragmented IoT (but where does that leave Brillo?).
Equally, it could be a bridge to translate between Chrome OS and Android to make one glorious whole (but we've got Android embedded in Chrome OS starting to roll out so that seems less likely).
Or it could be something designed to make life easier for novice coders. Or emerging markets. Or something completely different. All we know for sure is that it has something close to a Material-based design, similar to Android and coming soon to Chrome.
The point is that it's out there, and you can always have a poke about in it, come back here and tell us that we've got it completely wrong and it's something we haven't thought of yet.
The key message here is universality. Instead of patiently waiting while something is translated between ARM and Intel, this could be an all-in-one solution.
Google will doubtless tell us when it's ready. Just be careful in case it turns out to be a top secret control system for those Boston Dynamics robots. That could get nasty. µ
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