Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 23rd Mar 2008 23:04 UTC
Windows "When Windows 7 launches sometime after the start of 2010, the desktop OS will be Microsoft's most 'modular' yet. Having never really been comfortable with the idea of a single, monolithic desktop OS offering, Microsoft has offered multiple desktop OSes in the marketplace ever since the days of Windows NT 3.1, with completely different code bases until they were unified in Windows 2000. Unification isn't necessarily a good thing, however; Windows Vista is a sprawling, complex OS. A singular yet highly modular OS could give Microsoft the best of all possible worlds: OSes that can be highly customized for deployment but developed monolithically. One modular OS to rule them all, let's say."
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just typical...
by celt on Mon 24th Mar 2008 00:39 UTC
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"Modular OS," or "single code base." Why is it that Mickey$oft comes up with this stuff and it's news? The unices have always been single code base, always.

There aren't multiple versions of Solaris, BSD or Linux for that matter, unless you're changing processor platforms.

I use FreeBSD on Soekris firewall appliance, on my FreeNAS box, my laptop, and eight way servers at work - same code base for crying out loud. Been that way for almost thirty years!

Next we'll hear about how Windows 7 is headless and doesn't need a gui - that'll be news too. All that money, all that man power, the shear amount of resources Microsoft has at it's disposal and the garbage they sell to consumers is absolutely criminal.

Edited 2008-03-24 00:40 UTC

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