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On 10/29/2007 12:32 PM, "Dan Shoop" <email@hidden> wrote:
OSX was almost based on the NT kernel.This makes me think of the time I was told that Apple was dumping the Unix base and was going to start using Microsoft Windows as the base.
For the record, the NT kernel is quite good. It was written by Dave Culter who was instrumental in writing VMS, which still stands as one of the best OSen written and enjoys a healthy life to this day. If MSFT would have just left it be and not punched holes in it Windows might actually be stable.
Actual conversations about our Alpha NT 3.X systems:
"Video system crapped out again"
"Huh...server still running?"
"Oh sure. Just no local console"
"Nah, I only noticed because I wanted to do some NT work, and didn't feel like walking all the way to my desk."
"heh...screw it, no sense in rebooting it for that"
The pre NT 4 design was really nice, and really reliable, albeit not fast or pretty. Of course, Microsoft hosed it.
-- John C. Welch Writer/Analyst Bynkii.com Mac and other opinions email@hidden
I remember that with the old AppleShare (pre-ASIP) and an SE/30.
It could have a System Bomb on the screen and all the users would be still using it without complaint. It would not however allow any new logins, so needed the inevitable restart at some point. There was some system resource of which I think only eleven could be used at once, and it ran out of them. There was no interface to change this setting - so had to live with it.
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