Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 25th Sep 2009 23:12 UTC, submitted by Still Lynn
Microsoft Most of us are probably aware of Singularity, a research operating system out of Microsoft Research which explored a number of new ideas, which is available as open source software. Singularity isn't the only research OS out of Microsoft; they recently released the first snapshot of a new operating system, called Barrelfish. It introduces the concept of the multikernel, which treats a multicore system as a network of independent cores, using ideas from distributed systems.
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RE[5]: Comment by kaiwai
by tobyv on Sat 26th Sep 2009 06:02 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by kaiwai"
tobyv
Member since:
2008-08-25

Most of the work was done by ETH, I doubt it would have cost even a fraction of that to Microsoft. It seems a mostly academic effort, but good to see MS involved.

It served both R&D and PR purposes ... 'cheap' is a matter of perspective, though.


Even at a million dollars, cheaper than a superbowl ad.

If there is a cadre of hobbyists who have released an alternative, I would love a link!


http://www.kernel.org :-)

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RE[6]: Comment by kaiwai
by kad77 on Sat 26th Sep 2009 06:51 in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by kaiwai"
kad77 Member since:
2007-03-20

I see now that you can't help diminishing the effort, and any unique value it has -- seemingly because it is either from a commercial source, or Microsoft specifically

I can't understand the point of the constant negativity, it doesn't help anyone!

It's silly to debate the overall cost, but let's just say it was far more than zero, and no one did it first, to this extent, for free.

Well, free in the sense it's not encumbered by GPL limitations, but MS limitations - free nonetheless.

edit: typed less instead of 'more'

Edited 2009-09-26 06:58 UTC

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RE[7]: Comment by kaiwai
by tobyv on Sat 26th Sep 2009 07:20 in reply to "RE[6]: Comment by kaiwai"
tobyv Member since:
2008-08-25

I see now that you can't help diminishing the effort, and any unique value it has -- seemingly because it is either from a commercial source, or Microsoft specifically


Not at all! It is great that companies like Microsoft contribute to pure OS research. More companies should take their lead.

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