Microsoft Singularity

Microsoft Singularity

Summary: I just read my colleague Mary Jo Foley's post Want a peek at a non-Windows operating system from Microsoft? and thought I'd add a few additional thoughts on Microsoft's research project called "Singularity.

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I just read my colleague Mary Jo Foley's post Want a peek at a non-Windows operating system from Microsoft? and thought I'd add a few additional thoughts on Microsoft's research project called "Singularity."

I was a bit amused by Microsoft's comments that Linux, UNIX, Windows and the like are all based upon 40 years of development and the futher implication that somehow that was bad. Gosh, it seems to me that 40 years of refinement and enhancement was something good not bad. It means that many people have examined the software and have worked to make it better and better. Software is not like bread, it doesn't get stale just because it has a track record that stretches back 40 years.

Organizations typically to follow the Golden Rules of IT when working with technology. This tends to preclude moving things just for the sake of moving things. So, this research project from Microsoft, if it ever hopes to be a commercial success, must make it easily possible to bring today's applications over without an enormous amount of pain.

While I applaud the effort to look at today's problems and think of new ways to address them, if the new approaches cause major disruptions, require retraining all of the developers, or render years of application developmenet obsolete won't be all that interesting.

I guess we're all going to have to sit back and watch this. It just may evolve into something interesting. It may, on the other hand, not lead to the promised land.

Topics: Linux, CXO, Microsoft, Open Source, Operating Systems, Software, IT Employment, Windows

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Daniel Kusnetzky, a reformed software engineer and product manager, founded Kusnetzky Group LLC in 2006. He's literally written the book on virtualization and often comments on cloud computing, mobility and systems software. In his spare time, he's also the managing partner of Lux Sonus LLC, an investment firm.

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  • Cosmos???

    Cosmos was doing this sort of work for some time now too. This is just another Microsoft me-too project. Am I the only one sick of them stealing other's ideas?
    b.bob
    • Everyone can see the issues...

      As I speak with representatives from many different companies, I often notice that what they're doing seems quite similar from an outside vantage point. Are they copying one another or just seeing the same issues and trying to come up with a viable solution? It's really hard to know.

      I have my doubts that Microsoft is seriously watching all of the companies in any one of the system software or virtualization software categories. There are just too many of them.

      The only reason I know about some of them is that they seek me out to brief me on the customer issues they see and how they're trying to provide some relief.

      Dan K
      dkusnetzky