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posted by martyb on Tuesday March 26 2019, @07:48AM   Printer-friendly
from the progress++ dept.

Version 0.5 of Redox OS was released yesterday, which includes a new C library written in Rust and images based on new bootloaders for both coreboot and EFI.

It's taken a while since the previous release of Redox OS as they have been focusing their attention on Relibc, a C library implementation written within the Rust programming language. Relibc is now used as the operating system's default C library.

Redox OS 0.5 also includes improvements to its event system, Pthreads support was completed, better support for LLVM and LLVM-using projects like Mesa/LLVMpipe, improvements to EFI, and more.

Some new Rust-written packages for Redox OS include OpenGL wrappers, an audio library, and other additions. Outside of the Rust scope, Redox OS 0.5 adds in SDL2 packages, Cairo, FFmpeg, and many other important software options.

You can find the Redox OS 0.5 release notes here, and can find the 0.5.0 images here.

Previously: Redox OS Exploring Coreboot Payload
Microkernel, Rust-Programmed Redox OS's Devs Slam Linux, Unix, GPL

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  • (Score: 5, Informative) by PartTimeZombie on Tuesday March 26 2019, @09:57PM (1 child)

    by PartTimeZombie (4827) on Tuesday March 26 2019, @09:57PM (#820358)

    I wondered, so I downloaded the live disc and booted into it on a Dell laptop I had available.

    It is a 51 MB download so I was not expecting a lot, which is what I got. It runs reasonably well, but with no indication as to whether I have a network connection, or how to set one up.

    It comes with a Browser, Terminal, File Manager, Editor, Calculator, Image Viewer, and a font viewer installed. The desktop environment looks a little like Mate maybe and is quite responsive.

    Despite there being no USB HID driver according to the documentation my USB mouse works fine.

    There's not a lot else to say, other than it boots, it runs, but I can't do anything useful with it.

    I am sure the next release will begin to add the missing bits, but it's a long way from a v1.0 release.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 27 2019, @06:15PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 27 2019, @06:15PM (#820835)

    i wish they would focus on the firewall/server use case first.