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[4]: Communism
by archiesteel on Wed 10th May 2006 00:36 UTC
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I doubt that socialism would have spontaneously "just happened" in Eastern Europe without the Soviet Union's involvement.

The fact that it happened in Russia first is in itself an anomaly. Marx wrote Das Kapital with two countries in mind: England and Germany. As such, the Soviet Union was never really a "socialist" country, at least using Marx's description of it, as there was no skilled workforce - Russia was a mostly agrarian society.

Whether what you might term "organic socialism" is the natural successor to capitalism is at best as yet unproven.

Socialism is not necessarily a natural successor to capitalism, but it is a natural reaction to it. Note that socialism is also present in Western democracies as well (in some form). Modern labour laws borrow a lot from its lessons, and our economies are in fact mixed economies because of it (which was inevitable when the 1929 crash showed us that pure capitalism was an unstable system).

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