[Coco] [Color Computer] The evolution of the Coco..
lothan at newsguy.com
Sun Apr 24 19:49:47 EDT 2005
Minix uses microkernel architecture whereas Linux uses monolithic kernel
architecture. Both have advantages, although I generally prefer microkernel
architectures because it gives the kernel a smaller footprint and divides
the work among multiple processes. I think the big reason for my preference
is that it divides the operating system into a set of "snap-in cores" that
makes it easier to maintain and expand than monolithic systems.
James Jones <jamesjones01 at mchsi.com> wrote:
> James Dessart wrote:
> > I'm pretty sure Minix has a monolithic kernel, like linux. I once had
> > the source for the mac version.
> I would've sworn that the big Tanenbaum-Torvalds exchange was over
> monolithic kernel (which Linux is) versus microkernel, but now that I
> think about it I can't say for sure without looking whether Minix was a
> microkernel or not.
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