Reply to post: Re: Both Windows and Linux are monolithic kernels

One Windows? How does that work... and WTF is a Universal App?

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Anonymous Coward

Re: Both Windows and Linux are monolithic kernels

"Calling Windows a "hybrid kernel" is laughable, there is no such thing"

Clearly you have absolutely no knowledge of the subject.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hybrid_kernel

The best known example of a hybrid kernel is the Microsoft NT kernel that powers all operating systems in the Windows NT family, up to and including Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012, and powers Windows Phone 8. NT-based Windows is classified as a hybrid kernel (or a macrokernel) rather than a monolithic kernel because the emulation subsystems run in user-mode server processes, rather than in kernel mode as on a monolithic kernel, and further because of the large number of design goals which resemble design goals of Mach (in particular the separation of OS personalities from a general kernel design). Conversely, the reason NT is not a microkernel system is because most of the system components run in the same address space as the kernel, as would be the case with a monolithic design (in a traditional monolithic design, there would not be a microkernel per se, but the kernel would implement broadly similar functionality to NT's microkernel and kernel-mode subsystems).

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