Re: [OT] Re: Troll Tech [was Re: Sco vs. IBM]

From: Larry McVoy (
Date: Fri Jun 20 2003 - 12:01:20 EST

On Fri, Jun 20, 2003 at 11:58:39AM -0500, Jesse Pollard wrote:
> > One thing that is "new" is a passion for keeping the kernel fast with a
> > lean system call layer. I _love_ that part of Linux, it may seem subtle,
> > but Linux is really the only operating system where you can use the OS
> > level services as if they were library calls and not really notice that you
> > are going into to the kernel. That's very cool and you could say it is new
> > in terms of cleanliness and discipline.
> Uhhh that is 20 years old... the original MULTICs had that.

You've missed the key term "fast". Unix exists because MULTICS was slow.
What part of "keeping the kernel fast" was unclear?

Larry McVoy              lm at
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