The world does not yet have enough operating systems, it appears. The current proliferation of new OSs is, in part perhaps, due to the emergence of the Internet of Things and the race to try and provide the right level of ‘lightweight’ OS needed for devices in what is still a highly changeable marketplace.
New on the scene is recent times is Minoca OS, a general purpose open source operating system written specifically to conserve power, storage and memory.
According to the firm, Minoca OS is an open-source, general purpose operating system designed specifically for feature-rich embedded devices. “It’s got all the high-level functionality that you’ve come to expect from an operating system, but offers it in a fraction of the memory footprint,”
Minoca Corp CEO Evan Green explains that the ‘unique’ factor with Minoca is its combination of supporting (but not necessarily requiring) POSIX as an application interface combined with the plus the kernel/driver model supporting the backend.
The Portable Operating System Interface (POSIX) is a family of standards specified by the IEEE Computer Society for maintaining compatibility between operating systems.
The driver API separates device drivers from the kernel, enabling driver binaries to remain compatible even when the kernel is updated.