This article needs to be updated.(August 2018)
|Written in||C, Phantom, Java|
|Latest release||latest / October 17, 2019|
|Available in||Russian, English|
Phantom OS is an operating system (OS) made by mostly Russian programmers (with help of some Uzbeks). It is based on a concept of persistent virtual memory, and uses a virtual machine, managed code, and bytecodes. It is one of a few OSes not based on classic concepts of Unix-like systems. Its primary goal is to achieve simplicity and effectiveness in both the operating system and application software at the same time. It is free and open-source software (FOSS) released under a GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL).
Global address space – Very effective and inexpensive inter-process communication (IPC). Single (flat) address space allows transfer of objects from one process (application) to another by transferring links to that object. Security is achieved via absence of pointer arithmetic and the inability of an application to get linked to an object other than by calling a public method.
Persistence – Application code does not see OS restarts and could live forever—this makes the concept of a file obsolete and any variable or data structure could be stored forever and at the same time be available directly through a pointer. Differently from hibernation that is done in other OSs, persistence lies in the very core principles of the Phantom OS core. It is done transparently for applications; in most cases it requires no reprogramming of an application. Persistence stays even if the computer crashes.
Two ways to migrate code are offered:
- Converter from Java virtual machine (JVM) bytecode; supposed to allow import of bytecode from Java and other programming languages that target the JVM.
- The Portable Operating System Interface (POSIX) subsystem allows porting application code from Unix and Linux, although important features of Phantom OS become unavailable.
As of October 2019[update], the system exists in alpha version for x86 IA-32 processors. Porting to ARM architecture is underway (currently being tested, not yet ready for use) and porting to MIPS and x86-64 (AMD64) has begun. Kernel operation has been demonstrated at the biggest Russian IT-conferences RIT 2011, ADD 2010, CC 2010, and 2009.
The project is open for contributors to join.
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The iPhone that never dies
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