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Tanenbaum Talks MINIX, Linux
on Mon 21st Nov 2011 11:25 UTC, submitted by
You all know MINIX - a microkernel operating system project led by Andrew Tanenbaum. The French Linux magazine LinuxFr.org has
an interview with Andrew Tanenbaum about MINIX' current state and future
. There's some interesting stuff in there.
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RE: Tanenbaum again is wrong
on Thu 24th Nov 2011 07:50 UTC in reply to "
RE: Tanenbaum again is wrong
"If you can't provide that, then Linus' stance on microkernel is true: 'Good in paper, rarely usable in practice.' We have an evidence for this, just download Minix and install it anywhere you like, and tell us the usability experience with it."
Linus may or may not be right, but it is a fallacy to suggest that just because microkernels have a small market share, then microkernels are unusable.
The biggest reason independent operating systems out of academia don't have much to offer in general usability is because they don't receive billions of dollars in investment every single year. It's somewhat of a catch 22, but it really doesn't mean the technological underpinnings are bad, some of them may be genius.
Now I can't deny that Tanenbaum appears to be extremely jealous, but I do think he is correct when he said that non-technical attributes have far more to do with a project's success than technical merit.
(For the record, I don't know anything about Minix in particular).
This might be true with respect to Windows vs. Unix on servers, a success of any OS deployed in production might include the factor of non-technical attributes and ignore the importance of technical superiority. But for kernel design, I think many factors comes to play, since I am not an expert in any of this, this is just my opinion.
Yes, Linus could be wrong. But philosophically, I find Linus' stance to be more acceptable than the professor's.
Visiting minix3 site with a confusing statement:
"Ports to ARM and PowerPC are underway. Various programs and device drivers are being ported, and so on"
While there are lots of work for developers at:
which is more important than porting the kernel to different architectures. I might be missing something here.
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