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Singularity RDK 2.0 Initial Release (17067)

Rating:        Based on 26 ratings
Reviewed:  17 reviews
Downloads: 91336
Released: Nov 14, 2008
Updated: Nov 18, 2008 by dcoetzee
Dev status: Stable Help Icon

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Source Code Singularity RDK 2.0
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Release Notes

This is the initial 2.0 release of the Singularity Research Development Kit (RDK), including many major updates to the platform since its initial release in March, based on Change Set 17067. The 2.0 release of the Singularity RDK is based on the original release and features an extensive list of bug fixes and new features. Some of most notable are:
  • Support for AMD64 64-bit platforms
  • Updates to the Bartok MSIL-to-native compiler and the Sing# compiler
  • A new, more modern and extensible bootloader
  • Several new applications and application documentation
  • Eventing support
  • More extensive ACPI support
  • A unit testing library
  • A ramdisk device
  • An SMB client service
  • Can now check out the most recent version of the Singularity RDK directly from CodePlex source control

There are two downloads:
  • Singularity RDK 2.0 CD A ZIP archive containing a bootable ISO for a complete compiled build of Singularity for the 32-bit x86 platform. This can be mounted in Virtual PC (a .vmc file is included) or burned to a disc and used to boot a real PC.
  • Singularity RDK 2.0 A ZIP archive containing the complete source tree for Singularity, allowing you to build your own binaries, create your own applications and drivers, and make your own custom kernel modifications. To minimize download time, this archive does not include debug symbols for build tools; if you want these, you can use the Download link for Change Set 17067 on the Source Code tab.

Future development plans

Beginning with RDK 2.0, we're moving to a model of incremental releases where the codebase will grow and improve more gradually over time.

We're also looking to increase community participation in the RDK 2 - so if you're using the RDK for something cool, let us know on the Discussions tab, and submit Patches on the Source Code tab. Patches will be integrated into the codebase, so that other RDK users can take advantage of your work. We will grant Developer permissions to frequent contributors to help streamline their contributions and let the users drive the future of the RDK.

Reviews for this release

I think that any continued development and "out of the box" thinking (Windows, UNIX, etc,) is good and can only improve future OS development.
by DanteLA on Nov 27, 2010 at 12:58 AM
Nice to see some blue sky thinking in O/S research. Hope this is being moved on within MS as it shows a lot of promise.
by RobGrainger on Aug 14, 2015 at 2:31 PM
by yaucyj on Jan 14, 2013 at 8:37 AM
Too bad I dont see any development on it. 10-26-2010. would be nice for small systems that don't need windows. If you like this idea, please check out Cosmos. Just google it, er i mean Bing it.
by stratemeyerjw on Oct 26, 2010 at 8:45 PM
Jeszcze nie wiem czy podołam temu systemowi więc zaczynam szukać bo sam Windows już mnie męczy i ciągle udoskonalać go cza bo ma dziury szkoda iż nie wiele jest napisane o tym systemie
by bronekb on Dec 13, 2009 at 6:46 PM
It is great initiative to build a managed OS> But it needs TFTP serevrs which means it cannot be used by everyone on Virtual PC and it is not that easily booted up.
by Borgdylan on Nov 29, 2009 at 10:49 AM
I really like this project.Have fun.
by nbby on Nov 6, 2009 at 7:04 AM
Is the project staing alive? I don't see any new release from 2007 and we are now in 2009 :(
by AresSieran on Oct 11, 2009 at 12:52 AM
We must evolve the OS as well of hardware.
by inhesm01 on Sep 22, 2009 at 2:03 PM
a fundamentally new approach to operating systems
by idamlaj on Apr 16, 2009 at 1:22 AM
Very cool project... i think is very good for those who want to see how an OS is made of from C# :) GJ
by TheKimi on Mar 26, 2009 at 8:31 PM
this is so important to me
by dedunumax on Mar 17, 2009 at 7:38 AM
I just stumbled upon this release of Singularity. Thus far, I have liked what I have seen. The things that I like about this project is that it is well documented and offers a chance for new advances in Operating System design.
by eight190 on Jan 19, 2009 at 9:48 PM
most awaited
by nikopol on Nov 14, 2008 at 2:33 PM
I just upgraded to Windows 10 x64. The LATEST VPC isn't installing - says "The signer of the certificate not known..." something. When I try to boot .iso from VMware, it halts at blsingularity.cpp!! What's going on?
by bharatt on Aug 8, 2015 at 10:10 PM
Microsoft, when are you going to support another processor instead of x86 every time. No wonder devs are switching to Linux and away from managed code development. Being able to build this for an ARM 6 or 7 core would make this project actually worthwhile, instead it's a mess just the same as .net micro framework!! The only support you can get for .netmf is to pay someone stupid amounts of cash!!!
by DanRiches on May 23, 2013 at 1:06 PM
I think this is Lame. All Microsoft is doing is an another opensource kernel & I doubt the sincerity of Microsoft. The fact it's written completely in C# and runs on Microsoft's proprietary CIL is no more an advantage then just utilizing the proprietary .Net platform. In essence this could be done with Windows, just that Microsoft wants to make a good show. Rember MS Cairo & Windows 2k/XP source ?
by barterpc on Jun 17, 2010 at 7:30 AM