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SubjectRe: proper place to discuss kernel 'bloatedness'?
In message <>, Marek Ha
bersack writes:
| On Sun, 31 Jan 1999, Lars G. T. Joergensen wrote:
| > Couldn't the kernel be split up into a server kernel and workstation
| > kernel?
| And where would you split the kernel? What makes a linux machine a server is
| not the kernel, but the various daemons SERVING some kind of service. The
| kernel "merely" provides a medium for those daemons - networking, file
| systems, access to hardware etc.

Most of the difference between "workstation" and "server" is parameter tuning,
not kernel code. This is true even of NT, where (aside from bundled software)
the primary difference is registry entries which tune various parameters.

And most of the "kernel bloat" is device drivers. I can *almost* see some
point in splitting off e.g. SCSI or sound trees --- except that every time I
do something like that with my own code, I end up regretting it. It's one
of those "nice in theory" things....

brandon s. allbery [os/2][linux][solaris][japh]
system administrator [WAY too many hats]
carnegie mellon / electrical and computer engineering KF8NH
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