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GNU-Friends: The Microkernel Experiment is Going On

Jun 03, 2002, 22:00 (26 Talkback[s])

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"This article is a response to an earlier article by Miles Nordin in Linux Journal, where he expressed his personal feelings about microkernels and monolithic kernels. We will try do present a different point of view. Of course, we are also biased, as we are both young hackers who try to turn the GNU Hurd into a software useful for everyday-work; for those who don't know it (yes, we're abusing this article as an advertisement): The Hurd is a collection of Daemons, currently running on top of the Mach microkernel and providing a replacement for the Unix kernel together with the GNU C Library.

"Miles Nordin claimed that microkernels are dead already. But this is not completely true. The first generation of microkernels, which were in fact no real microkernels, are dead. But there is a new generation, which uses a radically different strategy than the original (so-called) microkernels. Thus, microkernels are still a research topic, and today they look more promising than ever before. By now, this is just something we claim, but read on, and you'll find out why we do so..."

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