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Microkernel Rust programmed Redox OS Devs slam Linux, Unix, GPL

Accepted submission by bitstream at 2016-03-21 15:01:44

There's a new operating system that wants to do away of the old mistakes and cruft in other operating systems and it's called Redox OS [] and is available on GitHub []. It's aimed at creating an alternative OS that is able to run almost all Linux executables with only minimal modifications, feature a pure ecosystem using the Rust [] programming language which they hope will improve correctness and security over other OSes. Not being afraid of prioritize correctness over compatibility. The philosophy being [] that "Redox isn't afraid of dropping the bad parts of POSIX [] while preserving modest Linux API compatibility." Redox level harsh criticisms at other OSes, saying "...we will not replicate the mistakes made by others. This is probably the most important tenet of Redox. In the past, bad design choices were made by Linux, Unix, BSD, HURD [], and so on. We all make mistakes, that's no secret, but there is no reason to repeat others' mistakes." Not stopping there, the Redox documentation [] contains blunt critiques of Plan 9 [], the GPL, and other mainstays.

Redox OS seems to be supported on the i386 and x86_64 platforms. The aims are microkernel design, implementation in Rust language, optional GUI - Orbital, newlib for C programs, MIT license [], drivers in userspace, common Unix commands included and plans for ZFS.

They want to do away with syscalls that stay around forever and drivers for hardware that for a long time simple isn't possible to buy anymore. Provide a codebase that don't require you to navigate around 25 million lines of code like Linux.

Perhaps the mathematically proven L4 microkernel [] is something to consider over the monolithic kernel approach where any single driver can wreck the system? One aspect to look out for is if they map the graphic cards into user space.

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