'microkernels are better than monolithic'
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100% · QNX successes
by metric on 2004-12-24 19:45:54
QNX is an operating system that has been around since the early 1980s and has a very minimalistic microkernel design. It is used in situations where software is not allowed to fail. This includes the robotic arms on the space shuttle to machines that grind glass where a tiny mistake may cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.
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0% · too specific
by anonymous on 2005-04-20 02:38:03
Saying that microkernels are useful in robotics is a very specific case. The question is whether microkernels are better than monolithic *on average*. Since desktop and servers make up the vast majority of computers, they should decide the question. And frankly, the success of monolithic kernels on the desktop and in servers is clear. Specialty applications do not decide the general rule.

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