Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 23rd Mar 2008 23:04 UTC
Windows "When Windows 7 launches sometime after the start of 2010, the desktop OS will be Microsoft's most 'modular' yet. Having never really been comfortable with the idea of a single, monolithic desktop OS offering, Microsoft has offered multiple desktop OSes in the marketplace ever since the days of Windows NT 3.1, with completely different code bases until they were unified in Windows 2000. Unification isn't necessarily a good thing, however; Windows Vista is a sprawling, complex OS. A singular yet highly modular OS could give Microsoft the best of all possible worlds: OSes that can be highly customized for deployment but developed monolithically. One modular OS to rule them all, let's say."
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just typical...
by celt on Mon 24th Mar 2008 00:39 UTC
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"Modular OS," or "single code base." Why is it that Mickey$oft comes up with this stuff and it's news? The unices have always been single code base, always.

There aren't multiple versions of Solaris, BSD or Linux for that matter, unless you're changing processor platforms.

I use FreeBSD on Soekris firewall appliance, on my FreeNAS box, my laptop, and eight way servers at work - same code base for crying out loud. Been that way for almost thirty years!

Next we'll hear about how Windows 7 is headless and doesn't need a gui - that'll be news too. All that money, all that man power, the shear amount of resources Microsoft has at it's disposal and the garbage they sell to consumers is absolutely criminal.

Edited 2008-03-24 00:40 UTC

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RE: just typical...
by daedliusswartz on Mon 24th Mar 2008 02:05 in reply to "just typical..."
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Perhaps it's news because it actually appears to be following some form of good development practices by modularising it?

I for one would like to be able to purchase only the parts of the OS that I'll actually use, rather than paying some huge price for an OS with many parts I don't use at all.

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RE: just typical...
by BluenoseJake on Mon 24th Mar 2008 15:25 in reply to "just typical..."
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[p]There aren't multiple versions of Solaris, BSD or Linux for that matter, unless you're changing processor platforms. [/p]

Uhm, there are at least 3 different codebases for BSD, NetBSD, FreeBSD, and OpenBSD. There are multiple codebases for GNU/Linux, depending on the number of distributions in existence. Each Distro may only have one codebase per release, but each release has it's own codebase.

Many Distributions have Free and for pay versions of their software, such as Mandriva. Others support incubator distros like Fedora. Ubuntu has multiple editions, Ubuntu (Gnome), Kubuntu (KDE) Xubuntu (XFCE)

So you see, even with OSS, it's not all cut and dried

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