Swift code will run on Google’s Fuchsia OS

Swift code will run on Google’s Fuchsia OS

By | November 22nd, 2017
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Still doesn’t help explain why Fuchsia exists


A few days ago, there was a flash-in-the-pan controversy over Google “forking” Apple’s open-source programming language Swift. After a few minutes of speculation over whether Google was going to make its own special flavor of the language for its own purposes, Swift’s creator Chris Lattner (who now works at Google) helpfully clarified the situation: “Swift at Google has enough folks working on it that we need a staging ground/integration point, and we decided it should be public.”

Google just wanted its own working copy of the code so it could make changes and then contribute them “upstream” to the official Swift repository. No funny business.

Fuchsia is Google’s not-at-all-but-kind-of-secret operating system that’s being developed in the open, but with almost zero official messaging about what it’s for, or what it’s built to replace. (Android? Chrome OS? Both? Neither?) The operating system’s core is written in mostly C and C++, with Dart for the default “Flutter” UI, but other languages like Go, Rust, Python, and now Swift have also found a home in the project.


Nisheeth Bhakuni