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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Whats the whole point?
by twitterfire on Sat 26th Sep 2009 07:09 UTC
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Member since:
2008-09-11

What's the point in wasting money on research?

Microsoft know very well, and we know very well, that even in 2050 when they will release Windows 20, it will be a bloated monster which primary goal will be compatibility with Windows 3.1.

They had their chances to break with the past and introduce new and bright operating systems. And what have they done? They released Windows after Windows.

They even abandoned better OS-es like Xenix and OS/2 out of love for their "precious".

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RE: Whats the whole point?
by Ed W. Cogburn on Sat 26th Sep 2009 07:27 in reply to "Whats the whole point?"
Ed W. Cogburn Member since:
2009-07-24

What's the point in wasting money on research?


*blink*

when they will release Windows 20, it will be a bloated monster which primary goal will be compatibility with Windows 3.1.


Wait a sec, I don't use Windows anymore, so someone please tell me, can you actually run a Win3.1 app today on Win7? Back when I was using XP, I had a number of older Win'98 games that wouldn't work no matter what I did, so it seems MS has been breaking compatibility all along whenever they wanted/needed to.

If Win20 is a bloated monster, I doubt it will be because of compatibility, more likely it'll be due to the size and complexity of that monstrosity to be known as dotNET15. ;)

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RE[2]: Whats the whole point?
by drstorm on Sat 26th Sep 2009 08:45 in reply to "RE: Whats the whole point?"
drstorm Member since:
2009-04-24

Wait a sec, I don't use Windows anymore, so someone please tell me, can you actually run a Win3.1 app today on Win7?

Yes, as long as you are using 32 bit version. The 64 bit version cannot run 16 bit software due to processor architecture limitations.

If Win20 is a bloated monster, I doubt it will be because of compatibility, more likely it'll be due to the size and complexity of that monstrosity to be known as dotNET15. ;)

Try runnung Java of the time, and you'll see that .Net 15 is not that slow after all. ;)

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RE: Whats the whole point?
by FooBarWidget on Sat 26th Sep 2009 08:14 in reply to "Whats the whole point?"
FooBarWidget Member since:
2005-11-11

What's the point in wasting money on research?


Yeah, who needs this stupid thing called "science" anyway?

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RE[2]: Whats the whole point?
by unclefester on Sat 26th Sep 2009 08:32 in reply to "RE: Whats the whole point?"
unclefester Member since:
2007-01-13

"What's the point in wasting money on research?


Yeah, who needs this stupid thing called "science" anyway?
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[/q]Yeah, who needs this stupid thing called "science" anyway? [/q]


I think you mean technology - writing software isn't science.

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RE: Whats the whole point?
by kragil on Sat 26th Sep 2009 08:46 in reply to "Whats the whole point?"
kragil Member since:
2006-01-04

64bit versions of 7 are not Win16 compatible anymore.

So about every 20 years they break compability.

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RE[2]: Whats the whole point?
by sukru on Sat 26th Sep 2009 10:08 in reply to "RE: Whats the whole point?"
sukru Member since:
2006-11-19

Yes, but you can install Virtual XP in Windows 7, which will (probably) allow you to run your older 16 bit DOS and Win 3.1 software.

So, unfortunately they still did not completely break the compatiblity.

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RE: Whats the whole point?
by nt_jerkface on Sat 26th Sep 2009 16:57 in reply to "Whats the whole point?"
nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26

They had their chances to break with the past and introduce new and bright operating systems. And what have they done? They released Windows after Windows.


People turn on a computer to launch applications, not marvel at the OS or underlying architecture.

But I can see you are one of those people that would break Win32 compatibility and cause hundreds of billions in unneeded migration costs just to have everyone run a system that you think is neat-o.

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