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: It's about time
by prismX on Fri 16th Dec 2005 15:36 UTC in reply to "It's about time"
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It looks like people have a short memory. Graphic drivers did not run in kernel mode until Windows NT 4. It was included to boost performance, as graphic was rendered by software. Now graphic is rendered by hardware, so there is no need to run these drivers in kernel mode.
Btw, in Linux, graphic drivers do not run in user modes, as monolithic kernel requires compilation of drivers with the specific kernel.

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