Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 5th Jan 2011 22:09 UTC
Windows And this is part two of the story: Microsoft has just confirmed the next version of Windows NT (referring to it as NT for clarity's sake) will be available for ARM - or more specifically, SoCs from NVIDIA, Qualcomm, and Texas Instruments. Also announced today at CES is Microsoft Office for ARM. Both Windows NT and Microsoft Office were shown running on ARM during a press conference for the fact at CES in Las Vegas.
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Did you just say that the filesystem has nothing to do with the kernel?

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Tuishimi Member since:

When I think "kernel" I think process scheduling, memory management, etc. I'm sure that is all he meant by that. I/O drivers and file systems can vary as long as the kernel can manage them, as long as they meet criteria.

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Neolander Member since:

Did you just say that the filesystem has nothing to do with the kernel?

Don't know how it's done in the Windows NT kernel, but in most other modern kernels, the drivers used to read ExtN, NTFS, FAT, etc... are removable modules of the kernel, not a core part of it. So it's not too far-fetched to say that the kernel is not linked to a specific file system, as long as you have linked the drivers for all popular FSs in it.

Now if you're talking about the virtual file system (VFS), that is the hierarchical directory-based organization of files which applications and users see, that's another story. It's a core part of most monolithic kernels.

I admit that the distinction is subtle.

Edited 2011-01-06 17:53 UTC

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TheGZeus Member since:

It still happens in Kernel space in NT, Linux, BSD...
If it's not a microkernel, then it's part of the kernel.

The distinction is technical, but should be made.

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BluenoseJake Member since:

From the standpoint of filesystems, Sure, you can have 3rd party filesystems that run as drivers, and if MS added support for ext3 to Windows, for example, it would still be the NT kernel, regardless of filesystem support.

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