Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 30th Jan 2007 21:36 UTC, submitted by David Dengg
BSD and Darwin derivatives DragonFly 1.8.0 has been released. The biggest kernel change in this release is the addition of virtual kernel support and a virtual kernel build target. The biggest user-visible changes include updates to third party applications included in the base system, a major rewrite of NULLFS which removes all directory recursion restrictions from mount_null and removes nearly all the kernel resource overhead when using such mounts, and a multi-ip feature for jails.
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Matt is not trying to make it a microkernel, so don't bother with that nonsense, like most real computer scientists, he doesn't believe in some mystical solution to all computing problems. The microkernel solves nothing, it's just another kernel like any other, modularity does not have to come through actual modules, one can compartmentalize the kerenl itself without having to have dozens or even hundreds of small items to enter into kernel space at run time.

The hybridized kernel system he's decided on should work well enough for his needs.

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