Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 22nd Feb 2008 09:16 UTC, submitted by obsethryl
.NET (dotGNU too) "Previously, we have presented one of the two opensource licensed projects related to creating a C# kernel. Now it's the time to complete the set by rightfully presenting SharpOS, an effort to build a GPL version 3 + runtime exception licensed system, around a C# kernel of their own design. It is my pleasure and priviledge to host a set of questions and answers from four active developers of SharpOS, that is William Lahti, Bruce Markham, Mircea - Cristian Racasan and Sander van Rossen in order to get some insight into what they are doing with SharpOS, their goals, their different design and inspiration."
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Does managed code build better OSs?
by Laurence on Fri 22nd Feb 2008 11:48 UTC
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I keep reading about all these experimental OSs build with C# (and other managed languages) and I'm still a little confused about one thing:
What makes C# better for building a kernel than C/++ and/or assembly?

Don't get me wrong, I'm all for progress and experimentation, I'm just a little puzzled what such a high level language can offer in terms of kernel performance and stability that lower level languages haven't offered for a great deal of time already. Is it just a case that these are geeky projects some programmers have taken up "just because they can" (which is as good a reason as any for building experimental systems) or do these projects offer some serious future gain which I'm naively overlooking?

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