Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 27th Jul 2013 12:50 UTC, submitted by MOS6510
Windows Windows NT turned 20 years old today. From a 1998 story about NT, written by Mark Russinovich, "I'll take you on a short tour of NT's lineage, which leads back to Digital and its VMS OS. Most of NT's lead developers, including VMS's chief architect, came from Digital, and their background heavily influenced NT's development. After I talk about NT's roots, I'll discuss the more-than-coincidental similarities between NT and VMS, and how Digital reacted to NT's release."
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Comment by judgen
by judgen on Sat 27th Jul 2013 16:56 UTC
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David Cutler is brilliant and he foresaw lots of things in computing. That given, he did not see the problems in the NT kernel or even NTFS that would arise due to numerating faults in the design.

When he left along with his VAX friends hardly anyone at redmond knew how to fix the problems and the lesson learned is "document everything". Not only did microsoft do well after they implemented that philosophy, but to this date core-code submitted is never allowed to be even reviewed unless documented.

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RE: Comment by judgen
by BluenoseJake on Sat 27th Jul 2013 22:38 in reply to "Comment by judgen"
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I tend to disagree with your statements about the NT kernel, it's a fine kernel, the problems with Windows NT has always been, and probably always will be, the userland. It's a mess of compatibility shims, apis, and libraries, some of which, like dll hell, can only be solved with brute force solutions. The kernel, like all modern kernels, is not perfect, but it does it's job well.

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