[NTLK] Newton OS Kernel

Steven Frank stevenf at panic.com
Tue Aug 20 15:51:05 EDT 2013

On Aug 20, 2013, at 12:15 PM, Bradley Mattice <bradwart at gmail.com> wrote:

> A professor and I were discussing how Unix is in everything yesterday, but
> the one possible exception I could think of that I used was my Newton. Is
> there Unix code in the kernel of Newton OS? I couldn't find a definitive
> answer.

We'll never know for sure without access to the original OS source code.

From what we have gathered from emulation, the kernel looks like it probably inherits some from the classic Mac OS toolbox, which isn't very Linux-y.  Much of it is C++.  It might have some BSD code here or there, but it's hard to say from just looking at a disassembly.

The actual core part of the OS is pretty small; just enough to hoist the NewtonScript parts.


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