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RE: NetBSD Next Logical Step: Microkernel...?

> Why hasn't NetBSD decided to change over from a Monolithic Kernel to
> a Microkernel Design?
> The question is more directed towards well the tools and design of
> the NetBSD operating system. In my view NetBSD's design and tools and
> what it aims for are nearly a perfect match for the designed
> modularity of a Microkernel. Both provide something that will
> probably benefit the other in more ways than one over the long term.
> Take NetBSD's toolchain that allows for NetBSD to simply be
> built from one CPU architecture to another with very little to no
> code variation. Something that the Microkernel tries to implement by
> only having the core drivers etc necessary in kernel space. Then take
> the RUMP anykernel design which spells microkernel in a nutshell. The
> RUMP anykernel is the biggest asset of all in my opinion, you've
> already got the whole IPC, hypervisor etc created and probably
> wouldn't take alot of work to take it one step further (welcome to be
> corrected if i am wrong).

You bring up several good points. I believe these are the main reasons that Minix has decided to use NetBSD userland, libc, and pkgsrc.


Tim Larson
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