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Old 05-15-2007, 04:20 AM   #1
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Linux kernel advantages/disadvantages over Solaris and Minix kernel


So why do we use Linux kernel?
There is http://www.gnusolaris.org/gswiki distro which uses OpenSolaris kernel. What's pros/cons of it? And why Minix kernel isn't ported to use GNU if it is said that it utilizes better architecture. Any job done to make linux as exokernel or nanokernel?
 
Old 05-15-2007, 04:59 AM   #2
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You can find any number of places recording Linus' opinion of microkernels and the debate he had on the subject with the creator of Minix. . .
 
Old 05-15-2007, 05:57 AM   #3
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I've read Linus and Tanenbaum argument but I'm thinking about distributions devs. Why do they stick to Linux kernel? Or is to much trouble to use any other kernel?
 
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I would say that simple inertia is factor. In the world of fringe operating systems, Linux is mainstream establishment. Linux is what has the momentum right now.

I would turn the question around: Now that we have Linux systems running and providing 99% of the functionality of Windows, why would we need a distro with a different kernel? What problem would we be solving?
 
Old 05-15-2007, 08:10 AM   #5
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Well, there's the license issue, of course...

Some distros use other kernels - Debian BSD for instance. They don't seem to get much interest tho.
 
Old 05-15-2007, 09:18 AM   #6
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According to theory - more stability (you can crash the server running on kernel, but not the whole kernel). I have read about interesting minix ability "to heal" itself.
I don't know really, but why Gnu/Hurd is still being developed as a replacement then. And why do people choose BSD systems (only due to portage systems or higher security?) even if GNU/Linux can do much more.


And, of course, Debian BSD is not popular because novice users do not usually install Debian (there is Ubuntu now) that means that Debian BSD is even less probable to be installed.

If there would be such a thing like Ubuntu/BSD with lots of "guis", huge amount of guides, 3d graphical interface and screenshots, I think it would be much more popular.

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Old 05-15-2007, 10:08 AM   #7
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Hurd is being developed because Linux isn't an official GNU project. GNU's goal was (and is) to provide a COMPLETE Unix replacement, so until there's an official GNU kernel they won't be finished.

BSDs have different goals to Linux, hence are still developed.

An Ubuntu/BSD that was as user-friendly as Linux would be quite a feat. But since Linux supports more hardware than the BSDs, it would probably remain less popular.
 
  


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