What Color is Your OS?

Sweet stuff may be a thing of the past.

Google already has two operating systems - sleek and shiny Chrome for desktops and laptops, and several sweetly named Android versions for mobile devices. But now, news is spreading about a new, colorful operating system Google is working on. Code-named Fuchsia, the operating system is still in its early days, so there's no telling what Google's long-term plans might be.

Jef Cozza of CIO Today reports on what we now know about Fuchsia. One of the most newsworthy items is that Fuchsia is based on a kernel developed by Google named Magenta. Both Chrome and Android use a Linux kernel, so this is a considerable departure for Google. It also appears that Fuchsia may be cross-platform. This will permit developers to create apps that will run on both Android and iOS, eliminating the need to develop two separate apps.

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Discussion Questions/Activities
  1.  Show the class the Hands-on with Google's new Fuchsia OS video to introduce them to this new OS. What do they think? 
  2. Divide the class into groups. Each group should research one of the current operating systems for mobile devices. What are the advantages and disadvantages of the OS they are researching? What devices does it work with? Is it related to a desktop OS? What are the differences and similarities? Each group should create a presentation to share their findings with the class.
  3. As an individual project, ask students to locate a recent news article about the new OS Google is working on. Not every project Google develops becomes a reality. How is the work on Fuchsia progressing? Students should write a brief article outlining their findings.

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