Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 22nd Jan 2010 17:06 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes Taking a break from reporting on the latest netbook or phone rumours, Engadget posted an article yesterday about several elements in desktop operating systems writer Paul Miller finds outdated. While there's some interesting stuff in there, there's also a lot to discuss.
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The windows registry has nothing to do with performance..

It is convoluted by design, the last thing Microsoft and other software vendors in the windows ecosystem want portable applications. "Portable" in the sense of moving one app to another windows system freely. The registry provides a hacked up way of tying a copy of an app to a single system. And that is exactly how Microsoft et al want it.

Furthermore, the registry is microsoft's implementation of as similar unified configuration framework that VMS used. NT was developed by a team which had been greatly influenced by the design and implementation of VMS (since most of the initial research team for NT inside microsoft had come directly from the VMS team at DIGITAL). Of course, in typical microsoft fashion they took a mildly good idea and botched it beyond recognition.

The registry add absolutely no performance improvement of any significance (in the 133MHz days, as well as in the multi GHz days, when dealing with configuration files... the bottleneck is the disk I/O and a monolithic hard to parse file is no more efficient than multiple simpler files). As it stands, with its design, the registry in windows is a liability. Since a corruption in a single file can lead to a catastrophic system failure.

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