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+ - Nintendo's curious reasearch OS in javascript

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Ayanami Rei
Ayanami Rei writes "From The Ajaxaian, Nintendo apparently is working on an open source research operating system (translated SourceForge page here). It's an x86 kernel written in C++ with some basic drivers so far, bootable in QEMU and bochs. A particularly interesting feature of this work is that the entire userland is written in Javascript. They even bundled a Squeak interpreter running in the JavaScript environment as a demonstration. Firefox has demonstrated that JavaScript can be a capable language for developing graphical applications and interfaces. Nintendo's WiiShop is certainly written in it; could other Wii channels or other portions of the system be web technology powered, and what does this portend for future Nintendo products?"

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