Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 5th May 2006 19:54 UTC, submitted by Gary
OSNews, Generic OSes The micro vs. monolithic kernel debate is now very much alive. Not too long ago, I wrote an article on the merits of microkernels, while a week later we featured a retort. Now, the greatest proponent of the microkernel steps in-- yes, Andy Tanenbaum writes: "Microkernels - long discarded as unacceptable because of their lower performance compared with monolithic kernels - might be making a comeback in operating systems due to their potentially higher reliability, which many researchers now regard as more important than performance." Now, we only need Torvalds to chime in, and it's 1992 all over again.
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RE: Hmmm...
by anevilyak on Fri 5th May 2006 21:04 UTC
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That's not necessarily a meaningful measure considering how rarely things win out in the marketplace on the basis of technical superiority.

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RE[2]: Hmmm...
by kaiwai on Sat 6th May 2006 02:50 in reply to "RE: Hmmm..."
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Do you actually understand the terms you use? Free software doesn't mean it's open source. Take Winamp for example. Open source doesn't have to be free. Take Linspire for example.

True, but there is always one thing holding back the technically superior option; in the case of BETA MAX, had Sony allowed any company to create BETA MAX video cassett players without the need to paying royalities, you would have seen BETAMAX over take VHS.

Sony has made the same mistake with mini-disc again; they kept the format to themselves, the never sold it in terms of it being used as a recordable media for stereo's; they never released music on mini-discs and like the Betamax, is slowly dying out in favour of something that is 'good enough.

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