[Coco] Microsoft files for patent on "modular operating system"
jhoger at gmail.com
Wed Jan 31 19:03:53 EST 2007
On 1/30/07, Phill Harvey-Smith <afra at aurigae.demon.co.uk> wrote:
> Mike Huskey wrote:
> > http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20070129-8728.html
> > How many years has os-9 been around? It seems to be completely designed
> > around a modular concept.
> And of course Unix has been around at least since the late 60s, early
> 70s, from which OS-9 (and a host of other OSes such as MS/PC-DOS),
> borrowed concepts.
Well, unlike OS-9, Unix kernels are not usually modular, at least in
the sense of linked collections of "binary modules." Linux is a
monolithic kernel, for example. There's a concept of loadable kernel
modules, but they are relatively new (relative to Unix) and need to be
compiled against the same kernel headers.
Mach and Hurd are based on a modular, microkernel approach...
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