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: Gotta Love Linus
by diegocg on Tue 9th May 2006 23:04 UTC in reply to "Gotta Love Linus"
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This has happened with Windows in many ways. The whole userspace audio thing in Vista was just a PR response where they'll say something like "Making our systems more robust, resilient and fault tolerant". In the next version of Windows things will probably get brought back into the kernel "For the purposes of maximising performance for customer benefit". You just can't win with it. It's all fluff.

What they did in windows vista was not to move audio divers to userspace, but move parts of the audio stack which were in kernel space even if they shouldn't, to userspace. Software mixing, etc - real drivers keep in kernelspace. Basically, they had too much crap in the kernel (the libalsa equivalent) and they're moving it back to userspace. Which is a good thing, BTW

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