Google's mysterious new project, Fuchsia
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Google's mysterious new project, Fuchsia

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Google got a mysterious new project and no one is sure what it's for. Google put up code for a new operating system online at GitHub. What do we know about this new OS? Google's description is pretty sparse. Pink + Purple = = Fuchsia. Looking at what Google posted online, Fuchsia is built using the Magenta Kernel. I know what you're thinking now, that's so exciting, how are you keeping it together, I ask? To answer your question it's difficult buddy. For those of you who are not think about that let's try to break down exactly what's going on. Google's major operating systems Android and Chrome OS are both built on the Linux kernel. A kernel is the base of an operating system. It is the first thing that loads when you load an operating system. Google Documentation says, Magenta targets modern phones and modern personal computers with fast processors. So whatever Fuchsia is, it should be able to run on machines that are capable of running Android or Chromo S. So why is Google introducing a new OS that is built on something different than its main two operating systems? That's a great question, and there aren't any clear answers to this yet. This has lead to speculation that maybe Google's working to replace its older Android and Chrome OS with something built with Fuchsia. Maybe that guess is far to pedestrian, maybe Google's looking for an operating system for a robot army of elephants, fuchsia elephants. Or maybe not. That's it for this tech news update. I'm [UNKNOWN] and you can stay on top of the big stories at cnet.com/update. [SOUND]

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