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]: modularity
by viton on Thu 11th May 2006 10:28 UTC in reply to "RE: modularity"
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A. This has nothing to do with Micro vs. Monolithic kernel debate
True microkernel OS is modular.
True monolithic OS is not modular. It is a tight, heavily tuned piece of code.
I didn't said i'm a linux expert. But i have little experience with fedora5 and gentoo. What i see from the user point of view is what linux modularity is a kind of hack.

B. The reason you won't be able to load 2.4 drivers on a 2.6 kernel is simple: ABI changes
Serious ABI change in not backward-compatible way is a mostly clinical issue. Probably they should do it in next "major" version, but not the "minor" version.
Well, i don't care how linux versions are called since this is not my OS of choice.
Sorry if i insulted your feelings or whatever =]

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RE[3]: modularity
by gilboa on Thu 11th May 2006 11:41 in reply to "RE[2]: modularity"
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... You didn't insult me. Your comment was just, err, out of place.

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