Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 21st Nov 2011 11:25 UTC, submitted by moondevil
OSNews, Generic OSes You all know MINIX - a microkernel operating system project led by Andrew Tanenbaum. The French Linux magazine LinuxFr.org has an interview with Andrew Tanenbaum about MINIX' current state and future. There's some interesting stuff in there.
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by hackus on Mon 21st Nov 2011 12:01 UTC
hackus
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Are going to be all crap until the research specifies exactly how to do it. You can read a ton of literature out there on how to organize everything and nobody agrees on any particular solution.

This is not a problem monolithic kernel designs have. _VERY_ cut and dried.

Why is this important?

It is important, because what they don't tell you in a lot of these articles, is that without an agreement of how to do MicroKernel's, hardware manufacturers like Intel, won't invest the billions in hardware to speed them up.

Which is why MicroKernels can't hold a stick to Monolithic ones at the moment.

So in my opinion, if the research community really thinks MicroKernel's are better, there would emerge a consensus on how to do it.

I do not see that in the research at the moment.

It is a great idea, but until the hardware manufacturers are sure they are not taking a huge risk in making orphaned hardware to support those ideas, the Microkernel will remain at a huge disadvantage to Monolithic kernels.

-Hack

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