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Charlie Landau

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Jan 2, 2022, 12:53:23 PMJan 2
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I see reports that Fuchsia, the new OS from Google, is capability-based.
Has anyone here looked into it?

William ML Leslie

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Jan 2, 2022, 6:43:14 PMJan 2
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We've discussed it a couple of times, most recently here:


Some points:

* Yep, it's a capability system.  The components are configured with lidl files, which are similar to capros/coyotos idl files.
* The core is free software, and there is a workstation build you can run.
* Venkatesh Srinivas, who worked on Coyotos, is a regular contributor.
* Googlers on this list are excited about it, it looks really promising.
* The IPC model is deeply asynchronous.
* It doesn't have quite the same focus on reliability that capros, coyotos, and seL4 have, in that not all kernel resources must be accounted for by user programs.
It's great to see a large tech company take system security seriously, and I hope that Fuchsia will do a lot to reduce the magnitude of cybercrime, especially ransomware and persistent threats.

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William ML Leslie

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Jan 2, 2022, 6:46:36 PMJan 2
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Oh, also, I pushed an update to the capos cross-env yesterday to handle build failures with the latest boost, if you missed that.

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Charlie Landau

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Jan 3, 2022, 10:16:01 AMJan 3
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On 1/2/22 3:43 PM, William ML Leslie wrote:
We've discussed it a couple of times, most recently here:

Ah, thanks for that pointer. My search for that failed because Fuchsia was misspelled in that thread.

Bill Frantz

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Jan 3, 2022, 4:56:53 PMJan 3
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On 1/3/22 at 10:15 AM, cha...@charlielandau.com (Charlie
Landau) wrote:

>On 1/2/22 3:43 PM, William ML Leslie wrote:
>>We've discussed it a couple of times, most recently here:
>>
>>https://groups.google.com/d/msgid/cap-talk/f2928d13-7c3f-4cd6-92a6-cf6ea6537a5dn%
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>Ah, thanks for that pointer. My search for that failed because
>Fuchsia was misspelled in that thread.

As someone who has severe spelling problems, I sympathise.

When naming a system, consider the spelling problem. Of course,
the Eros system had a different problem when using a general
search engine to find information about it. :-)

Cheers - Bill

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Jonathan S. Shapiro

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Jan 16, 2022, 10:31:37 PMJan 16
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On Mon, Jan 3, 2022 at 1:56 PM Bill Frantz <fra...@pwpconsult.com> wrote:
Of course,
the Eros system had a different problem when using a general
search engine to find information about it. :-)

Cheers - Bill

Sigh. Why don’t people understand operating systems are sexy? When I think of the number of times I slept with (or at least fell asleep over) that code…

In my defense, the name largely predated web porn. Supporting my conviction, Coyote turns out to be a prostitute’s union and the # in bitc# looks distressingly like an ‘h’. Which prompts me to paraphrase Alan Bomberger:

“Naming: a concept that used to mean something that really should be taken over by marketing.”

Jonathan

Mark S. Miller

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Jan 16, 2022, 11:33:57 PMJan 16
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Eros does what Unix can't ;)


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Valerio Bellizzomi

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Jan 17, 2022, 6:22:00 AMJan 17
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I still hope to see Eros/Coyotos development restart like a rising phoenix.
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