As a calculator programming hobbyist and open source enthusiast, I have been watching KnightOS’s development with great interest. Although I wanted to contribute, I was held back by lack of free time and needing to use my calculator for actual math classes. (Imagine that!) In the few weeks between graduation and starting work, however, I found myself able to contribute. I decided to focus on one of the highest barriers to adoption of KnightOS: its lack of decimal math support.
Though KnightOS development is slow, it is steady. The project never dies, despite long periods of stagnation, because every so often someone comes around and works on some new features that inspire others (myself included) to stir from idleness and contribute for a while.
One hurdle with getting users involved in a project is that there is so much information trapped in the minds of the developers. What may seem to be trivial knowledge to a developer who has been working on a project for months may in fact be unclear to someone new to the project. For this reason, user guides, tutorials or wikis are essential to passing along information.
KnightOS has a brand new assembler, and this time a linker was invited to the party as well. Let’s introduce some of the things that make it awesome, as well as explain the motivation behind it and how it works. This post should be the first stop for anyone who hopes to contribute to the new assembler.
As part of an ongoing effort to make our project more approachable and accessible, we’ve set up a mailing list with browsable archives where you will be able to listen in on dev chatter and collaborate with the community.