Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 18th Nov 2004 10:19 UTC
QNX I think that everyone reading OSNews will have heard at least something about QNX. You can regard this article as an introduction, but also as a review, and as a "Is-QNX-Ready-For-The-Desktop? article". To start off, I put together a short explanation of the merits of using a microkernel. Let me start off by saying that QNX Software Systems (QSS) does not aim towards the desktop with their Neutrino RTOS.
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by M^2 on Thu 18th Nov 2004 19:27 UTC

//KDE and whatever Desktop. All these things are to slow.
//QNX is fast. Why not Unix/Linux?
//The Photon micro GUI works faster then every windowmanager on
//x-window systems.

AFAIK, This is due to two factors:
- the very fact Neutrino is a microkernel, and a microkernel designed for HARD REAL TIME: by this any task outside is potentially granted the possibility of satisfying required time constraints, so if the "user input -> update view" loop is given adequate priority, the kernel cant be blamed for lack of the UI's responsiveness
- the fact Photon is not X11 compliant: by not having to support the (IMO unnecessary in a desktop environment) features X11 implementations support (though i notice x servers have added "local" improvements lately), it can afford being more optimized (if i'm not mistaken, it also embeds the toolkit) to minimize the "update view -> draw widget -> send command to Graphics card" sequence, thus reduceing latency and increasing responsiveness