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SubjectRe: [ANNOUNCE] Generalised Kernel Hooks Interface (GKHI)
On Thu, 9 Nov 2000, Michael Rothwell wrote:

> 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.

<lurker off>
Sorry, I couldn't resist.

1) "Solaris running on more processors"? Think of Beowulf clusters.
Strangely enough, people running them choose Linux as the kernel.
2) "QNX is real-time", true. Linux is not. Please don't compare apples with
oranges.
3) "Windows has more apps"? True. Is it a kernel property of any kind? No.
4) "MacOS has better color and font management" this is funny as it speaks
for itself. I'd also add "MacOS is usually housed in a better-looking
case". Luckily enough, under Linux color and font management is NOT a
kernel job. No more than the external design of the case, I mean.

And I really hope Linux will *never* be exactly the same as Solaris,
technically.
</lurker on>

> > 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?

From "The design and implementation of the Perfect OS 1.0", yet to be
published. The good thing about this book is that there will never be
a second edition. Of course the only release of Perfect OS will be 1.0!
B-) B-) B-) B-)

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