Microsoft Wants to Shrink Windows Kernel

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Think of Windows Vista. Think of 4 GB of hard drive space. Think, “the same thing.” Now think of the Windows kernel. Still pretty big (exact size unknown). But Microsoft wants to make it smaller in preparation for Windows 7, Vista’s successor. So they’ve developed (and shown) MinWin, a 25 MB kernel that can run on a system with less than 40 MB of RAM. Yet they still want it smaller. While the kernel isn’t half of what makes operating systems take up so much space, smaller kernels mean more device availability, since less memory is required to run the program. Maybe Windows 7 will have a 16 MB kernel? Is that an unreasonable expectation?


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