Linked by Dan Massameno on Wed 4th May 2011 21:28 UTC
Microsoft Microsoft has released new details on an experimental operating system concept named Drawbridge. In early March Microsoft researchers presented a paper entitled Rethinking the Library OS from the Top Down. The paper describes a new interaction between a user-level application and its OS. The paper can be found at the ACM Digital Library [frustratingly, we can't redistribute the article since it's behind a paywall, like too much of the scientific world]. It describes an ambitious plan to separate the traditional API parts of an OS from the underlying kernel of the OS. But a full analysis requires some background.
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Is there a point?
by Brendan on Fri 6th May 2011 03:07 UTC
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I'm having trouble seeing any point to this. To avoid excess bloat, the first thing application developers would do is use the "Drawbridge API" instead of the (legacy) Windows APIs.

Then, in 10 years time (after Microsoft has created 5 different versions of the "Drawbridge API", each more bloated than the last), some smart-ass will come up with a way of switching to a newer/leaner API and implementing the "Drawbridge API" in a library.

Then, 10 year after that...

- Brendan

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