A kernel that can read from keyboard and print on-screen
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This is a kernel that can read the characters a-z and 0-9 from the keyboard and print them on screen.

See the repo mkernel which is a minimal kernel that prints a string on the screen. mkeykernel just extends this to include keyboard support.

Blog post

Kernel 201 - Let’s write a Kernel with keyboard and screen support

Build commands

nasm -f elf32 kernel.asm -o kasm.o
gcc -m32 -c kernel.c -o kc.o
ld -m elf_i386 -T link.ld -o kernel kasm.o kc.o

If you get the following error message:

kc.o: In function `idt_init':
kernel.c:(.text+0x129): undefined reference to `__stack_chk_fail'

compile with the -fno-stack-protector option:

gcc -fno-stack-protector -m32 -c kernel.c -o bin/kc.o

Test on emulator

qemu-system-i386 -kernel kernel

Get to boot

GRUB requires your kernel executable to be of the pattern kernel-<version>.

So, rename the kernel:

mv kernel kernel-701

Copy it to your boot partition (assuming you are superuser):

cp kernel-701 /boot/kernel-701

Configure your grub/grub2 similar to what is given in _grub_grub2_config folder of mkernel repo.



kernel screenshot