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Microsoft will operate 64-bit versions of Windows Vista as a tabernacle, with the kernel as the holy of holies, where only its own high priests of security may venture. There's going to be a kybosh on naughty developers mucking about with the 64-bit kernel; patching will be banned. McAfee and others seem to have already learned …

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Really clever idea

Microsoft's kernel code lockdown is a grteat idea! It will surely make Windows Vista 64-bit edition much more secure than operating systems where any Theo, Dick and Linus can muck about with the kernel code. And it isn't at all anti-competitive!

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Anonymous Coward

Blackbox kernel or blackhat dream ?

Of course, the biggest loser here is the poor consumer.

Security through obscurity doesn't work -- MS ought to know by now.

By "blackboxing" the Vista64 kernel MS has just thrown down the challenge to every blackhatter out there - and tying the security industry's hands behind their backs.

Who gets to deal with the fallout, the popups, the adware, the keyloggers, the viruses, the blacklisting for zombiespamming ?

The poor consumer.

I pity MS - they finally had a serious chance at becoming respectable, and offering a serious desktop operating system - but instead, their desire for total ironfisted control and bundling as much mediocre apps to cover up for their own coding failures lost them their chance.

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Anonymous Coward

If Accessing the Kernel is Outlawed

Then only outlaws will have access to the kernel.

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