Working in coordination with Dr. Dennis Brylow a senior design project was set up to create a piece of software to allow the direct inclusion of Windows based computers in the development and testing of XINU operating systems. The goal is to create a front end program that has all the functionally of current shell based front end tied into a graphical user interface. The project codename, WinX, was installed at the beginning of the implementation phase; ultimately the software may be released under a different name for various legal reasons.
- Working Objective Statement
- Design and implement a Windows program to allow Windows-based computers to participate directly in the MSCS Systems Lab for remote testing and execution of embedded operating system kernels by 28 April 2008 at a cost of $0.
- Current developers include:
- Adam Koehler
- Nicholas McMillan
- Matthew Thomson
- Christopher Swiderski
Phases of WinX
- The design phase spanned the whole first academic semester starting in September 2007 and ending in December 2007.
- The implementation stage will span the whole second academic semester starting in January 2008 and ending in late April 2008.
- Major Implemenation Phases
- Internal: January - Alpha Stage (Completed)
- Alpha: March 12, 2008 (Completed)
April 9, 2008April 16, 2008 (Active)
- Live: April 28, 2008
WinX implementation is an ongoing process and members of the software development team can access the subversion repository at http://xinu.mscs.mu.edu/svn/winx/ to view the current status of the software.
The team has uploaded several files for external beta testing of WinXINU.
- Step 1: Copy the contents of WinXINU install folder from http://www.mscs.mu.edu/~nmcmilla/WinXINU-Installer/
- Step 2: Go into Cygwin Install Folder
- 2a) Run Setup.exe
- 2b) Select Install from Local - Folder is the only fold in Cygwin Install directory
- 2c) Click ALL to set it to Uninstall at top of package selection
- 2d) Click Devel to set it to Install in the package listings
- Step 3: Change the first line of the compiler/makeVars file to the location of the WinXINU cross compiler bin
Example: MIPS_ROOT = "C:\Documents and Settings\nmcmilla\Desktop\winx\compiler\cross\bin"
- Step 4: Run WinXINU executable
- Step 5: Navigate to config tab, change location of cygwin\bin to location on local machine
- Step 6: Navigate to config tab, change location of compile directory where the Makefile is located for final image build
WinXINU Testing Feedback
Use a structure similar to the following: *name **Error/Comment Title ***Description of error/comment