Genode OS Framework release 13.11 Nov 28, 2013

In addition to evolving the Genode API to better accommodate dynamic workloads, version 13.11 comes with a host of new features such as Qt5 QML, the Linux TCP/IP as user-level library, file systems based on FUSE, and HDMI support for Exynos-5 and Raspberry Pi.

As follow-up to the inclusion of Qt5 in the previous release, the new version principally enables the most distinctive feature of Qt5, namely QML. QML parts ways with the classical QWidget approach and thereby makes the development of visually appealing applications easier than ever.

Most of the development during the release cycle was dedicated to work on protocol stacks. Thanks to the new implementation of the FUSE API for Genode, FUSE-based file systems have become available to the whole range of supported kernels. In addition, when using Genode on top of the Linux kernel, a new file-system service allows the integration of (parts of) the Linux file system with Genode. To improve the performance of gigabit networking, we supplemented the existing lwIP stack with a fresh port of the Linux TCP/IP stack that we call LXIP. Using LXIP, it becomes possible to execute one or many networking applications, each linked to its own Linux TCP/IP stack.

In line with other releases, version 13.11 comes with improved device drivers. This time, the framework gains HDMI and USB 3.0 storage support for Exynos-5 SoCs as well as graphics and USB HID support for the Raspberry Pi. The added drivers were the only missing pieces to run interactive graphical system scenarios on both platforms.

Among the many further improvements are the switch to C++11, new protocols for enabling dynamic resource balancing, new terminal services, and support for ARM TrustZone on i.MX53. For the full story, please refer to the detailed release documentation of version 13.11...