Information on implementing L4

Andrew Warkentin andreww591 at gmail.com
Fri Sep 14 04:32:51 CEST 2018


On 9/13/18, John <john.r.moser at gmail.com> wrote:
>
> I'm surveying the field at the moment and looking at all the advances made
> in computer software—security, managed language runtimes, hypervisors,
> real-time OS—and trying to project the possibilities for a next-generation
> operating system.  There's enough divergence that a rewrite from scratch
> might make sense; and besides, I've drawn up a method for getting a
> self-hosting CLR running with only anonymous memory allocation and VFS file
> page mapping, along with a method of getting the CLR to self-host and
> getting it up and running before an actual OS kernel.
>

It seems like things might be moving away from managed code somewhat.
Safer native code languages like Rust have been starting to become
more popular in recent years. I think safer native code is a better
approach than Java/.NET-style manged code, since there's no
performance penalty and the runtime is just a library rather than a
more complex VM (which is often written in an unsafe native code
language, leaving more attack surface than a system in which
everything security-critical is written in a safer language). I'm
taking the safer native code approach in the OS that I'm writing (a
Rust-based next-generation Unix-like OS that will somewhat resemble
QNX and Plan 9; <https://gitlab.com/uxrt>).



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