Like all marriages, Google’s union with Linux has not been without issues. Google and Linux have three grown-up children together; Google search engine, Chrome Operating System (OS) for computers and Android OS for smart phones.
Google search is a beautiful example of a winner-takes-it-all economics concept. Chrome OS has not done as good but is slowly picking up and currently dominates the budget laptop market.
Android is an all-pervading feature in the smart phone world. That is where the problem begins; as soon as an OS become trendy, hackers work so hard to find security holes.
Android’s current security exploits point back to Linux building blocks (kernel). It is for this reason that Google is building an OS, Fuchsia, from scratch.
The allure of Linux is that it is free under the GPL (General Public License); any developer can use the Linux kernel in a project provided the user makes the software open to end users and developers.
Fuchsia (pink and purple) is based on Magenta micro-kernel. It is light-weight but can be used as a raw material for powerful computer systems.
Google wants to install Fuchsia on phones and computers with monster computer chips and endowed with RAM.
At this point Fuchsia is unborn child in its mother’s womb; it has no graphical user interface. What that means is that it is not yet ready for you and me.
It is in a form that can be understood by those computer whizkids who earn their living by scratching their heads (programmers).
Google is using a tool called Flutter and Dart programming language to develop the user interface. What that entire mumbo jumbo means is that Fuchsia is going to be a high-performance mobile OS and will have apps that will run on almost all other platforms.
Google has tested Fuchsia on Intel NUCs (Next Unit of Computing; very small desktops designed by Intel) and Acer laptops.
This might mean that Google has not decided what it would do with the final product Fuchsia. There are three possibilities; could be for smart phones, personal computers or both.
Now, with Fuchsia, is Google going to disown erstwhile lovely child, Android? Android has been around for a long time. During the period, Google has built a big team of Android app developers.
The reason why Android phones have an upper hand over others is because it has more apps than say the Windows phone. Google will not just abandon the Android developer community just like that.
If Fuchsia lives up to expectation and run the too many Android apps effortlessly, then, Android will have to pack up and go.
Google is expecting; it is only the first month of the pregnancy and we are only hoping that issues like ‘blood pressure’ will not force an abortion.
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