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08 June 2006


Bill Anderson

Jim, well I'm well behind the curve on keeping up with what's happening, but I like the title and content of this posting. But I think that obesity is not just a microsoft problem. Firefox, that love child of the browser-istas, is also a behemoth. What ever happened to Small is Beautiful?

I know, I know it's the way of the world of innovation and the new: try this!, hey man, try this!, no, try THIS! Just "super-size" my plug-ins.

But your thoughts make me think that what would be really useful is a small (there's that idea again) kernel that didn't change much. A core of software that was used over and over and over and that was reliable, and that had error messages that are useful to me. Instead of just crashing, let me know what state my data were in. Give me some hints on how to get back to work, or play.

This might let me then import all the plug-ins I wanted, or maybe only the few. This way developers might be able to make promises I could believe. They could deliver new tools I could try. And I could throw it all away and start over with the small clean kernel. I could take the risks and see what happens. This isn't a new idea. Heck, VMware provides that now. Don't we already architecture for this now? I don't know; I'm just askin'.

Jim Benson

Hey Bill,

Well, theoretically Linux is just a kernel with a buncha plug ins. But usually you download it as a package (Red Hat, Umbuntu, etc.). But the difference here is that the package has some inherent value to you.

I really would like to have great P2P stuff in my Windows distribution - but I'd rather that it work initially.

As it is, I never use MSFT stuff until it's been out for at least 12 months. I am not unique. That's a really lousy customer confidence indicator. It's assumed that the MSFT software just won't work right initially.

I really think that's a Waterfall issue.

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