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Red Hat's Fedora project is to add a new variant called Kinoite, an immutable desktop operating system alongside the existing Silverblue, which runs GNOME desktop. The idea behind an immutable operating system is that it is mounted read-only; also, conceptually, it is not patched but rather is replaced when it needs to be …

  1. Denarius

    In short

    the time of shared runtime libraries is dead, again. Now everything has its "special" set of runtime binaries, libraries and configs. How nice that RAM and storage is now so cheap

    1. iron Silver badge

      Re: In short

      You forgot bandwidth, got to have plenty of bandwidth to download the same libraries over and over and over and over for every app.

    2. John Robson Silver badge

      Re: In short

      The thing is...

      RAM/storage and bandwidth *are* now so cheap that this becomes a cost that is seen as a reasonable one in the name of security for various environments.

      After all HTTPS is only possible because the additional compute and bandwidth is sufficiently cheap for the increased security provided.

    3. skierpage

      nope, shared runtimes

      My Flatpak apps currently use one shared KDE 5.15 runtime, GNOME 3.22 and 3.20 shared runtimes, and share components like openh264 from the freedesktop 20.08 platform. I could even force GIMP to use Gnome 3.22 to drop to 2.5 runtimes. That's a lot of sharing! Not everything is shared, e.g. I have two apps using the same XML parsing libraries.

      I use a couple of bleeding-edge Flatpaks built nightly from git head and the rest are stable builds from Flathub. The ability to easily run newest Flatpak to reproduce a bug without disturbing the rest of your installation is great for both users and developers.

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Worth mentioning

    OpenSUSE's own immutable distro: MicroOS.

    There is also a slightly less immutable installation mode for regular Tumbleweed and Leap, I can't recall what the option is called.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    In the days before we had weekly OS updates, it was fairly standard practice for unix admins to mount everything except /var, /home and /tmp as readonly.

    You had to switch to single user mode if you wanted to remount them as read-write and update the OS.

    Does immutable also mean you can't turn off or remove all the annoying shit they bundle with operating systems these days?

  4. cantankerous swineherd

    I'm old enough to remember OSs in ROM that were just there when you flicked the switch. what is this booting up of which you speak?

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  5. Old school Steve

    Makes total sense for servers

    Immutability should be the standard for server systems - once set up, you should never be tweaking servers - else you'll never be able to reliably reproduce them.

    AWS Bottlerocket, Talos Linux ( are great examples of this.

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