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Avoiding the OS abstraction trap

Avoiding the OS abstraction trap

Posted Aug 18, 2011 9:56 UTC (Thu) by dmag (guest, #17775)
In reply to: Avoiding the OS abstraction trap by Np237
Parent article: Avoiding the OS abstraction trap

> To claim that the current kernel development model means less resources is a fallacy.

Well, I guess I (and the kernel developers) agree to disagree.

> Compared to other open source projects of similar size (KDE, GNOME, Mozilla, LibreOffice)

It's not news that an Operating System Kernel requires more work than a Word Processor or a Browser. Want to bet that Linux supports more CPU architectures than your Word Processor supports file formats?

> Every time you rewrite the SATA stack or the USB one, it involves an insane amount of work to update every single driver.

Heh. It only looks that way on TV. Real programmers write programs to do the programming for them.

http://lwn.net/Articles/315686/

> There’s also a world out there where computers need to just work and to do the same thing for decades.

Exactly. That's the job of the distributors. They fork the kernel and support it for as long as people will pay for it.


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