Arcrascent Operating System Development Project

Arcrascent is a brand new 32-bit/64-bit operating system currently being developed from scratch by Joonyoung Lee, a freshman student at TJHSST (Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology). The project aims to create a fully-functional, but lightweight and resource-efficient operating system from scratch.

The project has been in development since June 22, 2013. The project currently stands at version 3.0.0, codenamed "Research Operating System" - succeeding version 2.9.9 "Trans". The build comes packed with a fully UNIX-compatible kernel, called ArcShell, a built-in terminal named SerCon to communicate directly with the operating system at hardware-level, and numerous utilities such as binutils, gcc, and nasm. Several Arcrascent OS-based programs such as the Iret Compiler Suite and the CSM artificial-intelligence emulator are also being developed in conjunction to this project.

Standard-compliant Floppy-Disk Drives (FDD), and Hard-Disk Drives (HDD) or Solid-State Drives (SSD) connected using the IDE/ATA port are supported as mass data storage devices. Please be careful as SATA (Serial ATA), the most prevailing  port standard for HDD/SSD drives, may not function properly under Arcrascent.

Now you might wonder, why isn't there a graphical interface (a.k.a. GUI) available?

Graphical interfaces are a necessary part of a daily-life-proof operating system today. Consumers can easily use their devices with a few clicks and drags with a graphical interface. However, the most up-to-date build of Arcrascent OS does not include the GUI yet. Joonyoung Lee is currently developing a Framework Toolkit called VX and a graphics-compositor library named VFM (iVGA) to work with Arcrascent OS. A graphical interface and a GUI SDK will be released as soon as the libraries are completed.

Click here for public releases of Arcrascent OS.

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