Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 25th Jan 2007 12:37 UTC, submitted by makfu
Windows Mark Russinovich has started a series of articles regarding Vista's/Longhorn's kernel changes. "This is the first part of a series on what's new in the Windows Vista kernel. In this issue, I'll look at changes in the areas of processes and threads, and in I/O. Future installments will cover memory management, startup and shutdown, reliability and recovery, and security."
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Refinement
by grable on Thu 25th Jan 2007 13:00 UTC
grable
Member since:
2006-11-24

There truly are some changes/refinements in vista.
But i still wont be using it, because i see now more than ever how Microsoft is tightening the grip on their platform using DRM+TPM.

It will have to be XP until it dies, and than GNU/Linux from there on end.

EDIT: and lets not forget their proven API lockin technique ;)

Edited 2007-01-25 13:15

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RE: Refinement
by TaterSalad on Thu 25th Jan 2007 13:54 in reply to "Refinement"
TaterSalad Member since:
2005-07-06

Linux is no saint when it comes to TPM either. They have TPM modules in the kernel source. Granted you don't have to compile it or install it but it is there.

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RE[2]: Refinement
by sbergman27 on Thu 25th Jan 2007 14:53 in reply to "RE: Refinement"
sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

"""Linux is no saint when it comes to TPM either. They have TPM modules in the kernel source. Granted you don't have to compile it or install it but it is there."""

There is nothing inherently evil about TPM. Like any technology, it's about how it is used.

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RE[2]: Refinement
by Headrush on Thu 25th Jan 2007 14:58 in reply to "RE: Refinement"
Headrush Member since:
2006-01-03

[quote="TaterSalad"]Linux is no saint when it comes to TPM either. They have TPM modules in the kernel source. Granted you don't have to compile it or install it but it is there.[/quote]

Enabling the use of a TPM microcontroller in itself means nothing.
I'm sure many people will read your statement as an implication of this being the same as the DRM/TPM setup in Vista, but its far from it.

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RE[2]: Refinement
by ubit on Thu 25th Jan 2007 18:11 in reply to "RE: Refinement"
ubit Member since:
2006-09-08

If it's GPL'd, anyone can change the source to remove it, then compile it again. The spirit of the GPL isn't *against* DRM, it's against DRM you can't remove (eg., not providing the keys for modding, as in Tivoization...)

BTW unsigned drivers are actually a good thing in lots of cases. Omega drivers for ATI cards for one, and in Vista, the reasons you stated are correct, but another reason for not having unsigned drivers is so that they can't use any of the protected paths, bypassing the DRM. (means less functionality)

Edited 2007-01-25 18:15

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RE[2]: Refinement
by duckie on Thu 25th Jan 2007 15:12 in reply to "Refinement"
duckie Member since:
2006-04-10

Your comment is not relevant to the article. Enough comments about DRM has been said allready.

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RE: Refinement
by dannyspin on Fri 26th Jan 2007 13:39 in reply to "Refinement"
dannyspin Member since:
2007-01-26

There are a lot of improvements into Vista kernel, such as the memory managment and the stack/heap and kernel data, read these:
http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Features_new_to_Windows_V...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Security_and_safety_features_new_to_Wi...
And tons of improvements into Vista architecture are outside of kernel

Edited 2007-01-26 13:40

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