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SubjectRe: [ANNOUNCE] Generalised Kernel Hooks Interface (GKHI)
Alexander Viro wrote:
>
> On Thu, 9 Nov 2000, Michael Rothwell wrote:
>
> > Same as before -- freedom and low cost. The primary advantae of Linux
> > over other OSes is the GPL.
>
> Now, that's more than slightly insulting...

Well, it wasn't meant to be. I imagine RMS would make the same type of
statement -- Linux is libre, therefore superior. There's a number of
OSes that have advantages of Linux in some area; Solaris can use more
processors; QNX is real-time, smaller and still posix; Windows has
better application support (i.e., more of them); MacOS has better color
and font management. But, Linux is free. Let's say for a moment that
Linux was exactly the same as Solaris, technically. Linux would be
superior because it is licensed under the GPL, and is free; whereas
Solaris would not be.

> The problem with the hooks et.al. is very simple - they promote every
> bloody implementation detail to exposed API. Sorry, but... See Figure 1.
> It won't fly.

Figure 1?

-M
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