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[2]: Communism
by tmack on Wed 10th May 2006 01:58 UTC 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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RE[4]: Communism
by rcsteiner on Wed 10th May 2006 15:39 in reply to "RE[3]: Communism"
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Why not go a step further and declare MS Windows the best Operating System EVER!

It is! Just ask Microsoft. As one of the most successful software companies on the planet, they must be right.


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RE[4]: Communism
by sappyvcv on Wed 10th May 2006 16:25 in reply to "RE[3]: Communism"
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I think his point is that it's not tested in the real world, like say the linux kernel. Until then, you can't truly judge how good it is.

Now, I don't know whether or not it is actually used out in the wild heavily, so his point could be moot.

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