Wednesday, August 5, 2009

HelenOS : Through my eyes!!!

Hmmm, Lazy Bum again tries to Blog!! ;-)

This time, with an interesting topic: HelenOS!

What is HelenOS? Well I would like to define it as 'A nice and clean budding operating system, which opens up a world of opportunities for computer students and hobbyist to get dirty playing with the complexities of an operating system!' Did that sound weird? No I have not lost my senses, try playing with HelenOS and you would feel exactly what I am feeling! :-)

It would be better to start with saying what HelenOS doesn't offer you. You would be thoroughly disappointed if you start with helenos thinking of a replacement to you current OS. HelenOS is an on-going effort to implement a clean an neat OS which is so simple to understand from design to code. Powered by a micro kernel, you can visualize an operating system in action which has all the basic needs fulfilled. The base is strong and it is slowly getting built up all the way to a full featured modern OS! As of now, HelenOS runs on all the popular architecture out there in the field.

Ok, so what does HelenOS offer? Well, it offers you a stable microkernel supporting SMP, multi tasking and multi threading, and a minimal shell on top of that. And, gamers can experience the magic of Tetris in Helenos! Guaranteed that you wouldn't be bored once you are in the bdsh(brain dead shell as we call it) prompt of HelenOS. HelenOS also has a nice kernel console with a lot of useful commands.

Fun apart, HelenOS actually offers a wide range of opportunities to students and hobbyists. As a developer, I was so attracted to HelenOS. You always learn a lot when getting acquainted with cool projects like this. I wish I could have known about HelenOS during my university days! My OS course wouldn't have been that boring trying to visualize the ideas pouring down from my Professor. HelenOS code is well written and easy to understand that students could benefit a lot when it comes to understanding operating system concepts! It also can give you a short insight of different architectures if you are really interested!

For those who are interested, you can give it a try here. A new release of Helenos 0.4.1 is out with a whole lot of new features including improvements on filesystem handling, more architecture support stability, driver improvements and so on.

You would never feel lost when you are playing with HelenOS or coding for HelenOS. There is a whole lot of documentation in the website and a well maintained wiki for your help. And ofcourse, the mailing list is active with friendly, nice developers! :-)

I want you to feel the thrill! So what are you waiting for?? Give it a try! :-)

39 comments:

  1. Hi Vineeth, nice to see you start blogging! Nice article, but surprisinlgy no mention about your recent contributions to HelenOS on the ARM front. Pure modesty!

    ReplyDelete
  2. You may be only one person in the world, but you may also be the world to one person.............................................

    ReplyDelete
  3. 嗨!很喜歡來這欣賞你的作品,幫你推推推當上人氣王唷.........................

    ReplyDelete
  4. 逛到您的部落格讓我忍不住停下來!期待您的新文章!!........................................

    ReplyDelete
  5. 向著星球長驅直進的人,反比踟躕在峽路上的人,更容易達到目的。............................................................

    ReplyDelete
  6. 唯有學習不已的老師,才能認真的教,唯有燃燒自己,才能點亮他人的燈............................................................

    ReplyDelete
  7. 夜光杯中飲美酒 蝸牛牆邊爬上架 新疆醉人馬奶子 青鳥銜之上金井............................................................

    ReplyDelete
  8. 愛,拆開來是心和受兩個字。用心去接受對方的一切,用心去愛對方的所有。......................................................................

    ReplyDelete
  9. 與人相處不妨多用眼睛說話,多用嘴巴思考. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    ReplyDelete