Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 30th May 2008 14:49 UTC
Windows We have learnt quite a lot about Windows 7 this week, and one of the things was that Windows 7 would not get a new kernel. The call for a new kernel has been made a few times on the internet, but anyone with a bit more insight into Windows' kernel knows that there is absolutely no need to write a new kernel for Windows - the problems with Windows lie in userland, not kernelland. While the authenticity of the Shipping Seven blog is not undisputed, the blogger makes some very excellent points regarding the kernel matter.
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RE: Comment by UZ64
by PlatformAgnostic on Fri 30th May 2008 17:02 UTC in reply to "Comment by UZ64"
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I work on the Windows Kernel and I can tell you that no piece of NT that actively snoops on what you're doing and tries to protect content-proucers' rights. There are a few features (I can think of 3 of them), which make implementing a DRM system in user programs and drivers a little easier, but none of them have a performance impact when not in use.

Here's one that actually helps performance: Protected Processes are created as a unit from kernel mode, unlike the normal processes in older versions of Windows, where they are created piecemeal through cross-address-space writes. The new method is actually faster, so all process creation goes through the new path (just without the protected process flag).

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RE[2]: Comment by UZ64
by rockwell on Fri 30th May 2008 17:41 in reply to "RE: Comment by UZ64"
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Phooey on your facts. Winblows! MicroShaft! Big Brother! etc. etc. etc.

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by shapeshifter on Sat 31st May 2008 06:45 in reply to "RE: Comment by UZ64"