Here we discuss the rapidly maturing OS known as Genode. A spin-off from academic research, it uses a microkernel and is “capability based”, which are also features of Google Fuchsia. Genode is open source but maintained by a business and can be commercially licensed. They have serious ambitions for the system and are aggressively developing their Pinephone port.
Sculpt is, as far as I can ascertain, Genode’s desktop distro. The name refers to its intention the desktop can be customised (sculpted) to the needs. This is probably the part of Genode of most interest to Framework users.
Maintained by a spin-off from University of Dresden, Genode is one of few current OS of EU origin. Sculpt appears to be designed to make it easy for users to manage any application’s access to the underlying system as with EU web cookie opt-in. Hopefully such indigenous developments will help the EU to build out its social contract for computing that places consumer privacy at its heart rather than the commercial or state surveillance paradigms of US or China. Finally, if we imagine a world where Unix based operating systems will be replaced with more modern OS on personal systems, Genode may well become one of the mainstays; the equivalent of FreeBSD to Fuchsia’s Linux.