Last Updated on: 9th November 2023, 04:32 pm
GiX – is (or rather, will be) an open-source desktop operating system for the Intel IA32 architecture – in other words, for 80386 and everything above, up to the latest Pentiums and AMDs.
The kernel will be very modular, though oriented a bit along the lines of the Linux kernel. We’re planning to have a more or less POSIX-compatible interface, so the huge amount of free Unix software can be used on GiX.
As GiX is a desktop operating system, it will not have a textmode shell, though you will be able to run bash or similar in a terminal emulation environment.
GiX will offer a protection system for private data and system files using Access Control Lists. However, we will assure that people who are logged in on the physical machine may login without a password (if the system administrator allows it).
To prevent mistakes by beginners, users will normally login as non-root (i.e. without administrator privileges), however, they will be able to simply switch to root privileges after a warning messages if they are logged in on the physical console (unless, of course, the administrator has deactivated this option).
For now, GiX uses the ext2 filesystem, as used by almost all Linux installations.