Re: Reality sinks in perhaps?
"A market which is becoming less important, more so when we are going back to the client-server model."
Not in the business world as yet. tablets are not replacing PCs in vast numbers so far. I see no signs of 'going back to client server' except for limited deployments of VDI - and that market is also overwhelmingly Microsoft based.
"I guess you have no knowledge of that era to have such a lack of understanding of the old client-server stack"
Oh but I do - I have retired many such legacy estates. Wang, IBM, VAX, you name it....
"The protocols to have network transparency come from then as well"
Oh, really - do tell we what application layer protocols from the 1960s are commonly used in modern client server VDI today then? All the big VDI players like Citrix, Microsoft, Quest, VMware and HP use far more modern protocols...
"Cobblers. Cite a source please (and not one attached to MS)."
It's a fact - go do your own research. Linux cannot separate the hypervisor from the kernel. In Hyper-V (like VMware) the hypervisor is a separate layer from the kernel....and Linux still cant reach 1 million IOPS in a SINGLE VM - that Hyper-V achieved about 2 years ago and VMware a few months afterwards...
In terms of security - again go do your own research. Clearly you don't know what you are talking about so you need to... In outline - Linux is a monolithic kernel, and Windows is a more modern hybrid microkernel. You can Google the other things I mentioned to understand what they are and why Linux has a broken model like SUDO that has to execute as Root instead....
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