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Dec 7 2009   7:45PM GMT

Overheard – MinWin

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

MinWin is a way to graft onto Windows some semblance of the architectural layering it should have had, if its architects in the 1980s had any foresight into how Windows would be used thirty years later.Scott M. Fulton, Mark Russinovich on MinWin, the new core of Windows

The breakthrough with Server Core, introduced back in Windows Server 2008, is that it minimized the number of running services to just those that enabled the operating system to be self-sustaining, and perform its roles as a server to the outside world. But even those services contain dependencies to libraries that involve graphical functionality, even if none of those services use that functionality. Conceivably, a breakthrough above and beyond Server Core itself would be a completely minimalistic kernel, upon which those roles could be added modularly, without having to involve libraries that presume the computer operator needs graphics, a mouse, and sound. MinWin is the first critical step in that direction.

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is MinWin.

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