Kernel & Features Specification
Kernel & Features semantic (KF) allows an application code to be split between multiples parts: the main application, called the Kernel and zero or more sandboxed applications called Features.
The Kernel part is mandatory and is assumed to be reliable, trusted and
cannot be modified. If there is only one application, i.e only one
main entry point that the system starts with, then this application
is considered as the Kernel and called a Standalone Application. Even if
there are more applications in the platform, there is still only one
entry point. This entry point is the Kernel. Applications (downloaded or
preinstalled) are “code extensions” (called “Features”), that are called
by the Kernel. These Features are fully controlled by the Kernel: they
can be installed, started, stopped and uninstalled at any time
independently of the system state (particularily, a Feature never
depends on an other Feature to be stopped).
The complete [KF] specification is available at http://www.e-s-r.net/download/specification/ESR-SPE-0020-KF-1.4-F.pdf