Linked by David Adams on Thu 1st Mar 2012 22:39 UTC, submitted by Andy Kosela
OSNews, Generic OSes MINIX 3.2.0 stable is released. Major features include: Asynchronous, multithreaded virtual file system (VFS) server, Better reliability, Better virtualization support, and much more.
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The overheating issues you mention seems to be more of a hardware issue than anything else.

I've tried running several Linux distributions in different laptops, I know my Dell used to overheat like crazy, but my ThinkPad doesn't.

Perhaps your overheating problems are caused by the hardware itself?

I doubt it is a hardware issue as I do not have this problem when I boot into windows 7 or haiku.

I've experienced this issue on 3 different laptops while not on my netbook.

I've read those already. I would not propose that the drivers in linux be moved to userspace. That would require too much work and the benefits may not justify it.

However, since minix started out as a microkernel, it had the opportunity to offer a different approach to driver development. Writing drivers in urserspace is easier than writing drivers in kernel space and may be much less error prone.

The performance loss experienced with using a microkernel may not be as much as you think.

Experiments running linux on a L4 microkernel shows linux performing less than 10% faster on average.
Copying a file and having it taking 10 seconds rather than 9 seconds is acceptable when the possibility of my system crashing because I'm playing a mp3 while i wait for my copy to finish.

Just keep reporting bugs if you find any. This is the way of stability, not microkernel.

Agreed to the point of your comma. Microkernels offer a valid solution.

You can try comparing the performance of the blackberry playbook with a similarly specced android tablet to see that microkernels aren't inherently bad for performance.

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