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Oct 28, 2003, 11:00 (29 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Prakash Advani)


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"If we were to re-write Linux, taking clues from various operating systems, what would we make sure it did? Our next-generation operating system (NGOS) would be completely modular in design, aimed at 64-bit hardware, and with an interface that would change the way people compute. It would support a large number of applications and hardware devices, accepting device drivers written for other operating system, and run applications written for other operating system under an emulation mode.

"Kernel: Most operating systems have a monolithic kernel whereby all the kernel code is in a single binary. Microkernel architecture on the other hand follows a modular approach, separating the core kernel code from the rest of the system. With a microkernel the hardware layer can be separate from the kernel allowing easy porting to different platforms. NGOS should use the microkernel architecture to make it easier to port the operating system to multiple platforms..."

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