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: Full of crap!
by aGNUstic on Tue 9th May 2006 22:38 UTC
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"Monolithic kernels have everything programmed together in one jumbled mess".

My take: Anyone who says their code isn't a jumbled assortment of code, including Microsilly coders, is full of crap.

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RE: My take: Full of crap!
by BryanFeeney on Tue 9th May 2006 23:03 in reply to "My take: Full of crap!"
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2005-07-06

My take: Anyone who says their code isn't a jumbled assortment of code, including Microsilly coders, is full of crap.

No, they're just professional. Anyone who's done a computer science degree will know about software engineering, particularly choice and construction of algorithms. Anyone who's spent some time designing software, and examining the design of other software, will know a lot about software architecting, particularly common design patterns and anti-patterns. Anyone with both these skills, and a bit of pride in their work, should be able to create something that is not a jumbled mess.

And while they're at it, they can use Doxygen or JavaDoc to document it as well.

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