Google preparing Fuchsia OS to rock the AMD-based Chromebooks

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Mimicking Microsoft’s idea of a unified ecosystem, Google started working on Fuchsia OS a few years back. Although not many, important developments that are available on the public domain with regard to Fuschsia such as it getting support for Android apps, are all nothing but exciting. And Google doesn’t have any plans to stop there.

In the interest of having Fuchsia to run on every platform, the search giant is now planning to bring the new OS to AMD-based Chromebooks. As first noticed by 9to5Google, some amendments have been done to the code on Chromium’s Gerrit Source code management which gives a fillip to the above claim. You can have a look at the description added to the code management for AMD-based Chromebooks below.

grunt: Enable multiboot images

Enable multiboot support for booting Zircon kernels.

Unlike Android and Chrome OS which are based on a Linux kernel, Fuchsia rocks a Zircon kernel. Why am I saying this?

As you know, not many devices running Chrome OS have a love for multiboot support and devices that do support multiboot did not explicitly mention Zircon until now. Opening things up for Zarcon on AMD-Chromebooks will pave the way for further development with Fuchsia.

One of the developers behind the amendments also said that Fucsia team wanted them to enable this so that they can go ahead with further development of Fuchsia on AMD platform. He said, “I don’t actually have a board to test this on and I don’t think the Zircon kernel works on AMD yet, but they need this enabled to develop for it.”

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