Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 12th Mar 2006 18:40 UTC, submitted by Varg Vikernes
Apple Dan Kusnetzky, Apple program vice president, spoke to PC Pro News at IDC and said that Apple has no plans to support booting into Vista on the new Intel Macs. However, a Microsoft spokesman said that Microsoft would have no problem granting a Windows licence to Apple, in exactly the same way it currently provides licences to Dell and HP: "Microsoft would support Apple the same way it supports every other PC manufacturer." But Dan Kusnetzky said it would be difficult to know who would support that machine if Windows was running on a Mac. However, "no doubt someone will work out how to run Windows on the Mac, even if Apple doesn't technically support that."
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> Let me repost it again, or at least the point of it:)
> Monolithic kernel and lack of stable ABI in kernel is > double edged sword.
> Good sides:
> 1. not bounded to specifics forewer

So that's another way of saying, I don't know jack about designing operating systems but lets see what I can hack up this week.

> 2. larger gains possible because devs are not bound
> to ancient history

Imagine how this would play out at MS/Apple/Oracle/IBM/Sun?. You release a patch of your system that toally breaks everyhthing that came before.

> 3. monolithic is faster

OK no arguments here.

> Bad sides:
> 1. companies don't like the moving ground
> 2. see 1.
> 3. for each change in main branch, complete kernel
> has to be recompiled

Why just companies. Users don't like moving ground. One day Nvidia works and the next day it doesn't. I can assure you that through all the SP1s and SP2s and Patch Tuesdays of Windows XP, I've never had to reinstall my Nvidia driver.

> From a user perspective:
> 1. there are repositories
> 2. usualy those repositories follow both, drivers and > kernel modifications
> 3. when you update kernel you usualy update driver
> too. So there is no more recompiling for users
> anymore.

Except these user repositories don't cover all kernel drivers and modules - how about ones from VMWare or Win4Lin or OSS? These people are so religious that they say you want us to maintain proprietary modules - tell the companies to open source them and they jolly well know that the proprietary guys will not.

Edited 2006-03-12 22:01

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