Subject: Re: MS's OS Vision
To: Thilo Manske <Thilo.Manske@HEH.Uni-Oldenburg.DE>
From: Mike Cheponis <mac@Wireless.Com>
Date: 09/22/2001 13:57:13
On Sat, 22 Sep 2001, Thilo Manske wrote:
> From: Thilo Manske <Thilo.Manske@HEH.Uni-Oldenburg.DE>
> On Fri, Sep 21 2001 at 20:59:27 -0700, Mike Cheponis wrote:
> > This paper is very interesting (mentioned on slashdot today) and is, I
> > hope, the direction that NetBSD will also go over this coming decade. -Mike
> > http://research.microsoft.com/research/sn/Millennium/mgoals.html
> [under "Goals":]
> "New machines, network links, and resources should be automatically
> Borg, Borg, Borg - I can't get it out of my head...
I did notice this, and chuckled myself.
However, if we look at what they are proposing, we realize that NetBSD
already has a head start on them! That's because NetBSD is mult-arch,
and an important part of their idea is to be able to run computations
anywhere they are permitted to run; and to have high enough levels of
abstraction so that the underlying archs don't matter!
Sound like they've glommed on to some NetBSD thinking?
Also, it would be sortta cool if people could look at the proposal in
a non-emotional way, that is, in a cooly professional way. I happen to
personally know Rick Rashid, for example, and he is anything but the
These ideas are, I believe, extremely powerful and timely. (Never mind that
a few years ago I strongly argued for some of them on -tech and got flamed
to a crisp. The point is: do we stagnate, or do we innovate?)