Welcome to Oxidize

Victor Antoniazzi · January 5, 2021

I decided to create a new operating system to learn Rust. I’d built one operating system before, if I remember correctly, it was in 2014, after reading Operating Systems: Design and Implementation Second Edition from Tanenbaum.

De facto, I’d done something similar, but I want to do with a new programming language on top of LLVM, so I chose Rust.


I started the repository at vgsantoniazzi/oxidize and I’ll keep the updates there.

The structure will follow the following pattern

├── Cargo.lock   # Cargo's locked configs
├── Cargo.toml   # Cargo's package manager configs
├── LICENSE      # MIT License
├── Makefile     # Easy to understand and use configuration files
├── README.md    # General README. With usage and how-to documentation.
├── src          # Rust language files
│   └── main.rs  # Main file
└── target       # Compiled sources.


Alex wrote about software naming in the past. I recommend you to read it. I chose oxidize because it happens because of rust, and eventually I’ll stop maintaining, so it will oxidize.

Next steps

My idea is to finish a couple of predefined tasks, and keep the entire system modular. So I want to support a new filesystem, I just need to create — and append, a module to it. The same with high-level modules, such as commands and text editors.

What I have in mind for this repository

  1. Booting
    • I want to be able to eventually write a flash drive and boot in a x86 machine.
  2. Terminal
    • I want to be able to write commands and it will produce an output — similar to REPL, or open a new program, such as text editor.
  3. Text editor
    • I want to write — or support, a small VI-like text editor.
  4. Filesystem
    • I want to create a simple and usable filesystem, with commands such as ls, cat, and touch.


This is an open source project, you can help me to accomplish this. I would love to receive your input!


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