KnightOS holds a special place in my heart, and it probably always will. It’s lodged right next to some of the tubes, and the doctors say there’s no way I would survive attempting to remove it. It’s a tragedy really, but I make the most of it. Your pointy swords won’t ensnare me forever, KnightOS! Eventually I’ll be dead! Ha!
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.
Note: the wiki is no longer online. Documentation is focused on github pages (this website).
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.