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The jury is in: monolithic OS design is flawed
The security benefits of keeping a system's trusted computing base (TCB)small has long been accepted as a truism, as has the use of internal protection boundaries for limiting the damage caused by exploits. Applied to the operating system, this argues for a small microkernel as the core of the (...)
[OSNews]

The PowerPC 600 series and Windows NT
The PowerPC is a RISC processor architecture which grew out of IBM's POWER architecture. Windows NT support was introduced in Windows NT 3.51, and it didn't last long; the last version to support it was Windows NT 4.0. Despite not being supported by the flagship operating system, it continued (...)
[OSNews]

Android Pie: Slicing up Google's new features
The chief of Android's London engineering team shows off the operating systems new grayscale mode.
[BBC News]

Android Pie: Slicing up Google's new features
The chief of Android's London engineering team shows off the operating systems new grayscale mode.
[BBC]

Android Pie: Google adds Digital Wellbeing controls
Google's mobile operating system lets time limits be put on apps and makes images go grey at night.
[BBC News]

Android Pie: Google adds Digital Wellbeing controls
Google's mobile operating system lets time limits be put on apps and makes images go grey at night.
[BBC]

NetBSD 8.0 released
The NetBSD Project is pleased to announce NetBSD 8.0, the sixteenth major release of the NetBSD operating system. This release brings stability improvements, hundreds of bug fixes, and many new features. Major changes are a rework of the USB stack and the addition of USB 3.0 support and (...)
[OSNews]

Bloomberg: Fuchsia intended to replace Android in five years
Well, here it is. I've been saying for 18 months now that Fuchsia clearly felt like a whole lot more than "just" a research operating system, and that I believed its developers' ultimate goal is to replace Android, which is a dead end. This Bloomberg article by the usually well-informed Mark (...)
[OSNews]

Windows 10 getting support for leap seconds
Microsoft is bringing support for leap seconds - yes, that one extra second - to Windows, starting with Windows 10 Redstone 5 and Windows Server 2019. With the upcoming updates for Windows 10, Microsoft's operating system now deals with leap seconds in a way that is incredibly accurate, (...)
[OSNews]

Running Amiga-like operating systems on QEMU
These are some notes on how to run Amiga like OSes (like AROS, AmigaOS and MorphOS) on QEMU that I've written to have some up to date info on the status and help new users. All this emulation in QEMU comes without any support and it's not expected to be complete or do everything one may desire (...)
[OSNews]

Ambitious browser mitigation for Spectre attacks comes to Chrome
Google's Chrome browser is undergoing a major architectural change to enable a protection designed to blunt the threat of attacks related to the Spectre vulnerability in computer processors. If left unchecked by browsers or operating systems, such attacks may allow hackers to pluck passwords or (...)
[OSNews]

The BeOS file system, an OS geek retrospective
It's a bit of a slow news week in technology this week due the US celebrating Independence Day this past 4 July, so Ars decided to repost this article about BFS, and I'm nothing if not a sucker for BeOS content, so here it goes. The Be operating system file system, known simply as BFS, is the (...)
[OSNews]

Microsoft details its 'pocketable' Surface device in leaked email
Microsoft has been working on a new mysterious Surface device for at least two years. Codenamed Andromeda, the device has appeared in patents, reports, and in operating system references multiple times and will include a dual-display design. According to a Microsoft internal document obtained (...)
[OSNews]

Google invests $22 million in KaiOS
KaiOS Technologies Inc., developer of the emerging operating system for smart feature phones, KaiOS, today announced a $22M Series A investment from Google to help bring the internet to the next generation of users. [...] In addition to the investment, Google and KaiOS have also agreed to work (...)
[OSNews]

Windows NT and VMS: the rest of the story
This is an article written 20 years ago by Mark Russinovich, which compares VMS and Windows NT. When Microsoft released the first version of Windows NT in April 1993, the company's marketing and public relations campaign heavily emphasized the NT (i.e., New Technology) in the operating system's (...)
[OSNews]

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