Linked by Adam S on Sun 29th Jun 2008 16:10 UTC
Windows "Microsoft Windows has put on a lot of weight over the years" writs Randall Stross in a recent New York Times blog entry on Windows' legacy code. "Beginning as a thin veneer for older software code," he continues, "it has become an obese monolith built on an ancient frame. Adding features, plugging security holes, fixing bugs, fixing the fixes that never worked properly, all while maintaining compatibility with older software and hardware -- is there anything Windows doesn't try to do?" Does Microsoft have the business savvy or guts to rewrite Windows?
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Comment by Kroc
by Kroc on Sun 29th Jun 2008 18:24 UTC
Kroc
Member since:
2005-11-10

Unless he's seen the source code, this is just giant speculation. (from the word "has" onwards)

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RE: Comment by Kroc
by flanque on Sun 29th Jun 2008 22:18 in reply to "Comment by Kroc"
flanque Member since:
2005-12-15

Come on! They read it on Slashdot!

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RE: Comment by Kroc
by CrazyDude1 on Mon 30th Jun 2008 19:09 in reply to "Comment by Kroc"
CrazyDude1 Member since:
2007-09-17

He is correct. Windows code base is huge and complex and that makes innovation harder due to complex inter-dependencies in components. There has been efforts like MinWin but there is no clear goals on when they will ship.

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