Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 12th Nov 2008 22:55 UTC
Editorial Yesterday, a story made its rounds across the internet. It was picked up by many large news websites, and I'm sure it will be quoted by people until eternity. It was published by a large website, looked all fancy, it had multiple pages - it looked like it was really something. However, anyone with even the remotest bit of knowledge knows that the article was a collection of complete and utter bogus.
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RE[2]: Blah 7
by REM2000 on Thu 13th Nov 2008 08:56 UTC in reply to "RE: Blah 7"
REM2000
Member since:
2006-07-25

I don't understand why so many people think that releases of OS's are complete rewrites.

Windows Vista was based on Windows 2k3 which was based on XP which was based on 2k which was based on NT4 and so on.

Mac OSX all of them are based off 10.0 which in turn was based on NextStep and so on

Linux evolves

To do an OS rewrite would be practically impossible, not only would you have an OS that would take a long time to product but it wouldn't be mature and would certainly be filled with bugs.

OS's are incredibly complex, but they are evolved. It reminds me when people critise the windows file system NTFS, Vista is not using the same NTFS from 3/4 era it has been evolved over time, the NTFS found in win2008 can self repair without rebooting. This is not to say that it's the only FS that can do this, but it proves the filesystem aswell as the OS's are evolved and improved over time.

Not even Microsoft with all it's money and developers could rewrite something as complex as the Windows OS in todays modern expectations of what an OS should do and have.

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RE[3]: Blah 7
by circlomanen on Thu 13th Nov 2008 18:19 in reply to "RE[2]: Blah 7"
circlomanen Member since:
2008-11-02

"Not even Microsoft with all it's money and developers could rewrite something as complex as the Windows OS in todays modern expectations of what an OS should do and have."

They could open-source XP. Release it under GPL2. ;)

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RE[4]: Blah 7
by Michael on Thu 13th Nov 2008 20:12 in reply to "RE[3]: Blah 7"
Michael Member since:
2005-07-01

To create a complete rewrite, you'd need complete specifications of the APIs and none of the original source code. Otherwise, it wouldn't be a complete rewrite would it?

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