Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 27th Apr 2012 22:00 UTC, submitted by koki
BeOS & Derivatives "Ultimately, Haiku represents a different way of viewing your personal computer. If you think that software shouldn't be riddled with bugs and incompatibilities and inefficiencies, if you hate being forced to swap out your hardware and software every few years because 'upgrades' have rendered them obsolete, and if you find that the idea of using an operating system that's fast, responsive, and simple is refreshingly novel and appealing, then maybe, just maybe, Haiku is for you." What fascinates me the most is that Haiku's not working on a tablet version. How delightfully quaint.
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moondevil
Member since:
2005-07-08

The Windows kernel is quite good.

The Windows Internals series is a nice eye opener how everything works.

http://shop.oreilly.com/product/0790145305930.do

In the early NT days, it was the only fully multi-threaded kernel, before the UNIX systems adopted multi-threading at the kernel level.

Many of the Windows issues that people talk about, are at the application level, not at the kernel. For example, the way explorer behaves when handling lots of files.

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bannor99 Member since:
2005-09-15



In the early NT days, it was the only fully multi-threaded kernel, before the UNIX systems adopted multi-threading at the kernel level.

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The SunOS/Solaris kernel was not only multithreaded but also pre-emptible a year before the 1st release of NT

http://static.usenix.org/publications/library/proceedings/sa92/eykh...

I've heard but not been able to confirm that AIX 3 was also a multithreaded, preemptible kernel.
If true, that predates Win NT 3.1 by several years

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moondevil Member since:
2005-07-08

Wikipedia seems to disagree

The first public demonstration of Windows NT, at the time called "Windows Advanced Server for LAN Manager", was at a developer conference in August 1991, and the product was formally announced at the Spring 1993 COMDEX in Atlanta, Georgia.


One year before the paper you have linked.

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phoehne Member since:
2006-08-26

It's not that Windows is horrible. It's just that when you keep backwards compatibility for as long as they have you wind up with multiple API's to do the same thing. You wind up saddled with decisions that made sense when the limits of technology lead you to certain tradeoffs, but new tradeoffs may make more sense in the present.

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