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Old 4th August 2008, 13:46   #1
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Default Midori musings: Thoughts on a "post-Windows" OS

MS needs a platform that it can modify to address new needs without being hamstrung by compatibility. It also needs a platform that will make things as easy as possible for the increasingly parallel computers that are now inevitable. Although parallel programming will always require some input from the developer—the fundamental complexity of doing several things at once will never disappear, and there's no silver bullet—the system must make this as easy as possible.

Is Midori that long-term operating system? Well, it certainly does some of the things that a future Microsoft OS should do. The safety and portability of managed code would eliminate many of the security flaws that still regularly crop up in software. .NET already makes these bugs impossible; Singularity and Midori perform even greater analysis of software and prohibit even more bugs. To help address problems with parallel programming, Midori's programming model uses immutable data; immutable data can be shared without locks and so prevents lock-based bugs from ever occurring.
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