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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RE: Communism
by ebasconp on Tue 9th May 2006 23:04 UTC in reply to "Communism"
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"Great idea on paper, but basically impossible to succesfully implement for a plethora of reasons."

This comment is not true; see the performance of the L4::Pistachio microkernel... some system calls in that system are performed as faster as in Linux.

See L4, is a good example of a good design and implementation of a microkernel.

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RE[2]: Communism
by tmack on Wed 10th May 2006 01:58 in reply to "RE: Communism"
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I'll wait until that kernel is used for anything besides saying "Wow, cool it's a microkernel."

Until that point, it might as well be Minix.

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RE[3]: Communism
by haugland on Wed 10th May 2006 11:19 in reply to "RE[2]: Communism"
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You are basically saying that because Linux is more mature, the general concepts are more sound.

Why not go a step further and declare MS Windows the best Operating System EVER!

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