Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 9th May 2006 21:25 UTC, submitted by luzr
OSNews, Generic OSes Torvalds has indeed chimed in on the micro vs. monolithic kernel debate. Going all 1992, he says: "The whole 'microkernels are simpler' argument is just bull, and it is clearly shown to be bull by the fact that whenever you compare the speed of development of a microkernel and a traditional kernel, the traditional kernel wins. The whole argument that microkernels are somehow 'more secure' or 'more stable' is also total crap. The fact that each individual piece is simple and secure does not make the aggregate either simple or secure. And the argument that you can 'just reload' a failed service and not take the whole system down is equally flawed." My take: While I am not qualified to reply to Linus, there is one thing I want to say: just because it is difficult to program, does not make it the worse design.
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My Take
by vitae on Tue 9th May 2006 21:38 UTC
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2006-02-20

Is a tradition Eugenia need not have started.

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RE: My Take
by dr_gonzo on Tue 9th May 2006 23:23 in reply to "My Take"
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2005-07-06

At least he's stopped saying 'boys and girls' ;)

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RE: My Take
by Rodrigo on Wed 10th May 2006 09:43 in reply to "My Take"
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2005-07-06

Totally agree: unless it's strictly necessary, it would be better to leave these kind of comments on the comment section as everyone else. Putting it as "my take" looks as if the writer is trying to push his personal opinion down the reader's throat.

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RE[2]: My Take
by StephenBeDoper on Wed 10th May 2006 15:30 in reply to "RE: My Take"
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2005-07-06

Putting it as "my take" looks as if the writer is trying to push his personal opinion down the reader's throat.

I don't really see anything wrong with editorial content, in fact that's the primary reason I read sites like Ars Technica - to get the insight/opinions of people who are much better informed than I.

I will agree that in the past, the "My take:" schtick on OSNews has seemed like a cynical attempt to take a contrarian position and fire people up in the comments area. In this case, though, Thom's comment is pretty reasonable, even if you don't agree with his opinion.

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RE: My Take
by Sphinx on Wed 10th May 2006 13:21 in reply to "My Take"
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2005-07-09

just because it is difficult to program, does not make it the worse design.

Or at least get a clue as to what makes one design better than another.

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axilmar Member since:
2006-03-20

There exists an easy way to have modules within the same address space that can not destroy each other. The Motorola 68020 had a CALLM instruction for that purpose. It is amazing that CPU manufacturers have not used it in modern CPUs.

The solution is very simple: an inter-module call saves the current module id on the stack and loads a new module id from the destination. If the new module id is invalid or inaccessible, an exception occurs. Otherwise, execution continues with the new module as the current module. Local module calls can only operate within the memory space defined by the current module descriptor.

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RE: My Take
by fretinator on Wed 10th May 2006 16:15 in reply to "My Take"
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2005-07-06

Is a tradition Eugenia need not have started.

I disagree. I enjoy getting the opinion of the people who post these articles. I think they are very knowledgeable in the OS arena or they wouldn't be editors here. As a very busy person, it helps me decide whether or not I even want to pursue the topic further. Otherwise, you must think these editors are just link monkeys out crawling the web. I think they are more than that. Everybody is _so touchy_ these days.

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