kernel-zig VS toaruos

Compare kernel-zig vs toaruos and see what are their differences.


:floppy_disk: hobby x86 kernel zig (by jzck)


A completely-from-scratch hobby operating system: bootloader, kernel, drivers, C library, and userspace including a composited graphical UI, dynamic linker, syntax-highlighting text editor, network stack, etc. (by klange)
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kernel-zig toaruos
2 22
412 4,690
- -
4.6 9.8
8 months ago over 2 years ago
Zig C
- University of Illinois/NCSA Open Source License
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Posts with mentions or reviews of kernel-zig. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2021-10-31.


Posts with mentions or reviews of toaruos. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2023-01-07.
  • ToaruOS Has Been Archived
    1 project | | 22 Mar 2024
  • Tilck – A Tiny Linux-Compatible Kernel
    6 projects | | 7 Jan 2023
    Another interesting project to checkout is klange’s toaruos
  • Question
    1 project | /r/osdev | 10 Sep 2022
  • Kneel b4 HML
    2 projects | /r/linuxmasterrace | 14 Aug 2022
  • Announcing: PonyOS 8
    3 projects | /r/osdev | 31 Mar 2022
    In case it's not clear, PonyOS is a joke reskin of my serious OS project, ToaruOS. PonyOS gets a new release every April 1st. All of the libraries and applications in ToaruOS are in-house things I built myself - the whole OS is "built from scratch". PonyOS adds ponysay, which is an external app originally written in Python - and in previous releases of PonyOS I shipped the Python version alongside a port of Python 3.6. This release, though, comes with a port to my own language, Kuroko, which is a dialect of Python - a lot of what went into building the PonyOS release this year was getting ponysay to work well.
  • Interesting variables
    1 project | /r/osdev | 25 Feb 2022
    There is no correct way to use inline assembly here. You need a stub written in assembly that will save those registers to the stack and pass a pointer to a handler written in C. You may also want to define a struct that matches the stack layout to make it easier to access the stack contents. This is not my code. If you want to use this code in your OS, you must follow the license requirements.
  • Seriously, WHY?
    1 project | /r/osdev | 25 Jan 2022
    Here's a good example, although it's 64-bit instead of 32-bit.
  • Hacker News top posts: Dec 13, 2021
    4 projects | /r/hackerdigest | 13 Dec 2021
    ToaruOS 2.0\ (5 comments)
  • ToaruOS 2.0, a new (hobby) x86_64 OS
    1 project | /r/Boiling_Steam | 13 Dec 2021
  • ToaruOS 2.0
    3 projects | | 13 Dec 2021

What are some alternatives?

When comparing kernel-zig and toaruos you can also consider the following projects:

sectorlisp - Bootstrapping LISP in a Boot Sector

Lemon-OS - The Lemon Operating System

zap - An asynchronous runtime with a focus on performance and resource efficiency.

limine - Modern, advanced, portable, multiprotocol bootloader.

zig-v8 - Simple V8 builds with C and Zig bindings.

xboot - The extensible bootloader for embedded system with application engine, write once, run everywhere.

zigup - Download and manage zig compilers.

HoodLoader2 - 16u2 Bootloader to reprogram 16u2 + 328/2560 with Arduino IDE

gyro - A Zig package manager with an index, build runner, and build dependencies.

lk2nd - Secondary little kernel (lk) bootloader for Qualcomm MSM8953 devices

minesweeper-zig - Simple Minesweeper clone written in Zig, using SDL for graphics.

NodeOS - Lightweight operating system using Node.js as userspace