Vinix is an effort to write a modern, fast, and useful operating system in the V programming language.
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What is Vinix all about?
- Keeping the code as simple and easy to understand as possible, while not sacrificing performance and prioritising code correctness.
- Making a usable OS which can run on real hardware, not just on emulators or virtual machines.
- Targetting modern 64-bit architectures, CPU features, and multi-core computing.
- Maintaining good source-level compatibility with Linux to allow to easily port programs over.
- Exploring V capabilities in bare metal programming and improving the compiler in response to the uncommon needs of bare metal programming.
- Having fun.
Note: Vinix is still pre-alpha software not meant for daily or production usage!
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Download latest nightly image
You can grab a pre-built nightly Vinix image at https://github.com/vlang/vinix/releases
Make sure to boot the ISO with enough memory (8+GiB) as, for now, Vinix loads its entire root filesystem in a ramdisk in order to be able to more easily boot on real hardware.
- storage drivers
- X window manager
- Intel HD graphics driver (Linux port)
Distro-agnostic build prerequisites
The following is a distro-agnostic list of packages needed to build Vinix.
Skip to a paragraph for your host distro if there is any.
to test it.
Build prerequisites for Ubuntu, Debian, and derivatives
sudo apt install -y make curl git mercurial libarchive-tools xorriso qemu-system-x86
Build prerequisites for Arch Linux and derivatives
sudo pacman -S --needed make curl git mercurial libarchive xorriso qemu
Build prerequisites for Red Hat Linux and derivatives
sudo yum install -y make curl git mercurial libarchive xorriso qemu
Building the distro
To build the distro, which includes the cross toolchain necessary to build kernel and ports, as well as the kernel itself, run:
make distro-base # Build the base distribution. make all # Make filesystem and ISO.
This will build a minimal distro image. The
make distro-full target
is also avaliable to build the full distro; this step will take a while.
In Linux, if KVM is available, run with
In macOS, if hvf is available, run with
To run without any acceleration, run with