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Huawei Claims They Have Something Better Than The Linux Kernel

Huawei is known for its interesting innovations in smartphone tech. So, it is an intriguing claim.

Many of us know and love what the Linux kernel has to offer, but we still have really great alternatives around in the form of the many BSD-based derivatives out there.

But, as it stands, a new competitor to the Linux kernel has come up from the house of Huawei. Let's see what that is all about.

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The quotes mentioned in this article have been translated from Chinese (Simplified).

What's Happening: According to a recent report, Huawei has unveiled a new kernel called “Harmony kernel” for its next generation of HarmonyOS that claims to be three times more efficient than the Linux kernel.

a photo showing the ceo of huawei consumer business group presenting harmony kernel
Pic Credit: HC Newsroom

Announced during an event where Yu Chengdong, the CEO of Huawei's Consumer Business Group, unveiled what HarmonyOS NEXT would offer. He said that their company had made “a true OS this time which installs full-stack self-developed technologies and doesn't rely upon the U.S. traditional Linux cores”.

As for the Harmony kernel, Yu added that it uses a “heterogeneous native-like” mechanism to offer a smooth experience, and that the Harmony kernel implementation for HarmonyOS NEXT is three times more memory efficient than Linux.

They also claim that they have used “effective internal components” to suit all kinds of devices, ranging from smartphones, tablets, foldables, and more.

On the security side of things, the Harmony kernel has been said to qualify for three certification standards: CC EAL 6+, ASIL-D, and IEC 61508 making way for a secure experience across many verticals.

a photo showing the ceo of huawei consumer business group showcasing the security features of harmony kernel
Pic Credit: HC Newsroom

Does it Matter?

If you ask me, it does for Huawei's home country, China, as in recent times they have been the target of many sanctions from the United States.

Developing a kernel is just one of the things they are pushing for in their bid to be a more self-reliant nation, though the methods they have been using is a matter of great controversy.

Even just a few months back, many GOP lawmakers were calling for stricter sanctions on Huawei, and according to a recent report, it appears that Huawei is not taking no for an answer.

But, so far, we only have Huawei's claims about how the Harmony kernel performs, only time will tell if there is any weight behind this claim.

However, one thing is getting more clear day-by-day, more and more nations are now pushing towards self-reliance than ever before, trying to end their dependence on foreign tech.

💬 What do you think? Will Huawei succeed in their endeavor of making something more efficient than the Linux kernel?

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