Micro- versus monolithic kernels

Some significant figures (and plenty of insignificant ones) are fighting about micro- versus monolithic- kernels again, with microkernels making a very strong showing on the grounds of security and reliability. The issue is getting a lot of attention right now, not that anything technical has magically changed. I find this exciting, as this last happened in 1992 when I was 12 years old, and I’m tired of people talking about uKernels like everything interesting to be said about them is already out there. They seem like a good idea to me!

IEEE ran the article “Can We Make Operating Systems Reliable and Secure?”

Linus wrote something.

Tanenbaum wrote about it.

Shapiro wrote about it.

And so have a lot of other people.

And shit, so did I. 😉


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