Linked by Smith Johnson on Thu 27th Sep 2007 15:22 UTC
Windows According to at least one blogger, Microsoft should abandon Vista before it's too late. It would appear he's not alone in this opinion, as Microsoft has begun allowing users to downgrade back to XP. Amongst the reasons? Poor sales figures and shoddy Vista "Extras".
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RE: A sidenote...
by PlatformAgnostic on Thu 27th Sep 2007 18:34 UTC in reply to "A sidenote..."
PlatformAgnostic
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2006-01-02

The NT kernel is a pretty good design and has really solid code (as you can learn by reading reports of those who looked at the leaked Win2K source). I don't know how exactly the kernel suspend/hibernate code works, but it seems to be much more solid than the Linux kernel's and not quite as good as Apple's (probably since apple doesn't have many third-party drivers in the mess).

The graphics code is not as tied into the core kernel as you might think. It's in a separate dll in the kernel (win32k.sys) and there are only a few dependencies there. NT is a good kernel... it's not unix, so you don't get processes as cheap, but it's more thread-oriented and there's a different design for handling things asynchronously than on unix. In many ways, NT learned the lesson of Unix and Linux learned the lesson of NT (all the while claiming superiority ;) ). NT is not down and out... it still has some flexibility to improve in some ways.

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RE[2]: A sidenote...
by raver31 on Thu 27th Sep 2007 19:51 in reply to "RE: A sidenote..."
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2005-07-06

Yeah the NT kernel is pretty robust, it does not need to be Unix like.

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RE[3]: A sidenote...
by SReilly on Thu 27th Sep 2007 20:13 in reply to "RE[2]: A sidenote..."
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2006-12-28

Yeah the NT kernel is pretty robust, it does not need to be Unix like.

I think that both kernels share many of the same features. NT is a very modern, robust and secure kernel architecture. Arguably, the userland of both NT and Linux are very different but all in all, I don't think that the NT kernel needs all that much work.

I think that, if MS does want to make a break with the past, a good reason would be the discontinuation of the NT kernel in favor of Singularity. That way, NT could be virtualized for backwards compatibility and Windows could move to another level altogether without needing to worry so much with running old software.

Just my €0.02 ;-)

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