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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Mapou
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2006-05-09

Can you recommend any good online information on this signal based programming in relation to the algorithm based one?

Ultimately, COSA development will be done using a graphical/visual environment. Some of us are discussing the initial implementation of a COSA language of sorts that can be used to demo COSA's capabilities. For now, just read the following pages. It should give you a fairly good idea regarding what COSA programming is about.

Software Composition in COSA
http://www.rebelscience.org/Cosas/components.htm

Operating System:
http://www.rebelscience.org/Cosas/System.htm

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