MinWin: Is really the new Windows 7 kernel?

In my post about Windows 7 back in January (“Windows 7 = Vista Release 2&Prime), I ended with a statement that deserves some follow-up: Those who are predicting that Windows 7 will include some radically stripped-down kernel (the so-called MinWin project) or a new file system are missing the point completely. Many of the articles […]

In my post about Windows 7 back in January (“Windows 7 = Vista Release 2&Prime), I ended with a statement that deserves some follow-up:

Those who are predicting that Windows 7 will include some radically stripped-down kernel (the so-called MinWin project) or a new file system are missing the point completely.

Many of the articles and blog posts I’ve read about Windows 7 in recent days mention MinWin, usually following up with the observation that it’s the new lean kernel that’s going to be at the heart of Windows 7. That misinterpretation was widely reported in October, when this story first appeared, and it’s become conventional wisdom since then. Australia’s IDM, for example, included this authoritative-sounding statement in a March 17 report[...]

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Windows 7, Windows Sever, MinWin, Kernel