Thursday, January 31, 2008

Microkernels: Tanenbaum-Torvalds debate

Very interesting article by Andrew Tanenbaum (Remember the OS book we studied from :) )
Excerpt: "Over the years there have been endless postings on forums such as Slashdot about how microkernels are slow, how microkernels are hard to program, how they aren't in use commercially, and a lot of other nonsense. Virtually all of these postings have come from people who don't have a clue what a microkernel is or what one can do. I think it would raise the level of discussion if people making such postings would first try a microkernel-based operating system and then make postings like "I tried an OS based on a microkernel and I observed X, Y, and Z first hand."

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