Linked by Peter Gerdes on Mon 10th Jan 2005 17:35 UTC
Editorial As a recent ACM Queue article observes the evolution of computer language is toward later and later binding and evaluation. So while one might quibble about the virtues of Java or the CLI (also known as microsoft.net) it seems inevitable that more and more software will be written for or at least compiled to virtual machines. While this trend has many virtues, not the least of which is compatibility, current implementations have several drawbacks. However, by cleverly incorporating these features into the OS, or at least including support for them, we can overcome these limitations and in some cases even turn them into strengths.
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RE: Managed Kernel
by Morin on Wed 12th Jan 2005 14:15 UTC

That's exactly what completely VM based OSes (e.g. JNode) do. Such OSes can run device drivers, applications and even most if not all VM code in the VM and thus in kernel mode.

(The trick to run the VM in itself is a bit more complex to explain and I don't have the time now, but JNode is doing that or will do it in the future AFAIK, so you can read up there).