Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 12th Nov 2008 22:55 UTC
Editorial Yesterday, a story made its rounds across the internet. It was picked up by many large news websites, and I'm sure it will be quoted by people until eternity. It was published by a large website, looked all fancy, it had multiple pages - it looked like it was really something. However, anyone with even the remotest bit of knowledge knows that the article was a collection of complete and utter bogus.
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DouglasH
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2008-11-16

He also isnt the first person to do benchmarks and conclude that Windows 7 isn't any faster than Vista.[q]

But those that have done so have not stated the exact setup of the equipment they are profileing. that includes the drivers loaded etc. and it is on a prebeta with limited drivers.

An example would be. MS has publically stated that the memory improvements with the DWM are not seen unless the drivers are WDDM 1.1 drivers. Actually I would be impressed that a Prebeta with the debug code embedded in the system is performing as quickly as a RTM OS. It certainly is paceing Vista SP2 which on my system blows away Vista SP1.

[q] As for MinWin, you contradict yourself. In one sentence you say "MinWin is not a new kernel." but then in a later sentence you state "The only thing Microsoft did was reorganise parts of it to make it cleaner, and to make sure they had a small core without any outward calls". If they made fundamental changes to it then I would say that's a new kernel. I don't get what your problem was with the article, it didn't even really bash Windows.


By your argument here, every update to features in the 2.6.x linux kernel would be a major update. Think my last count of the 2.6 kernel that added features would be the kernel at 2.10 to 2.12 (given the release cycle of kernels in linux's past).

minwin is an optimization of the lowest level Kernel and supporting files, so that there is a seperation of calls out and into the kernel that makes it more moduliar.

minwin in effect has been in the OS since win 2k if not at win 3.5. The issue has become that integration over time had calls at the wrong layer of the stack. this became blazenly clear when Server Core was added to the release cycle. and when the Network Layer was programmed from scratch in Vista.

I will state this. NO Modern Day general purpose OS in Major use today has been written from scratch.

NT has evolved since it was originally written from 3.5 days and I am sure most of the code has evolved over time.

Linux is in the same boat. it Largely has evolved from its initial creation. Linus has decided with the kernel that there has to be major underlying functional changes to even rate a minor change in the kernel numbering. and going from 2.6 to 2.8 would be a minor kernel update.

BTW the kernel has a new version number it is 6.1 from 6.0 in vista/2k8.
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