Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 16th Dec 2005 14:57 UTC, submitted by mlauzon
Windows "Microsoft will move the graphics for its next version of Windows outside of the operating system's kernel to improve reliability, the software giant has told Techworld. Vista's graphics subsystem, codenamed Avalon and formally known as the Windows Presentation Foundation, will be pulled out the kernel because many lock-ups are the result of the GUI freezing, Microsoft infrastructure architect Giovanni Marchetti told us exclusively yesterday."
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RE: Novel???
by SEJeff on Fri 16th Dec 2005 15:09 UTC in reply to "Novel???"
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2005-11-05

No this will not be client/server. They are trying to shift the windows kernel design closer to a microkernel. In a microkernel, all of the drivers run in userspace and a very very small portion of code runs in userspace. A microkernel is the best design in theory, but implementation is the hardest.

The closest OS to being a full microkernel is minix http://www.minix3.org but even it isn't completely micro. Microkernels are *MUCH* more stable as you can more or less plug and play add / remove drivers and nothing serious will break if the drivers die.

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