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The OSKit is a framework and a set of 34 component libraries oriented to operating systems. It provides in a modular way most of the infrastructure "grunge" needed by an OS, as well as many higher-level components. Its goal is to lower both the barrier to entry, and the cost, of OS R&D. The OSKit makes it easier to create a new OS, port an existing OS to architectures supported by the OSkit), or enhance an OS to support a wider range of devices, file system formats, executable formats, or network services. It can also build OS-related programs, such as boot loaders or OS-level servers atop a microkernel. The OSKit lets language researchers concentrate on issues raised by using advanced languages inside operating systems instead of spending time on ugly code and hardware. With the addition of extensive multithreading and sophisticated scheduling support, the OSKit also provides a modular platform for embedded applications and a component-based approach to constructing entire operating systems.


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GPLv2Janet Casey25 June 2002

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This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 25 June 2002.


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