Daily Archives: October 19, 2007

Stripped-down ‘MinWin’ kernel to be at the core of Windows 7 and more…


Microsoft has created a stripped-down version of the Windows core, called MinWin, that will be at the heart of future Windows products, starting with Windows 7, the Windows client release due in 2010.Stripped-down ‘MinWin’ kernel to be at the core of Windows 7 and more

While the Windows team has been working for years on reducing the dependencies in Windows which have made the operating system increasingly bloated and difficult to maintain and upgrade, it’s only been recently that the team has been able to create a separate, usuable new core.

Going forward, MinWin will be at the heart of future versions of Windows Media Center, Windows Server, embedded Windows products and more.

Microsoft Distinguished Engineer Eric Traut described some of the work the Microsoft Core OS team has done to build the MinWin core during a recent talk he gave at the University of Illinois. The full video of Traut’s talk is here. Blogger Long Zheng clipped out the piece of Traut’s talk which highlighted how the MinWin core will work in Windows 7 and posted it to his site.

MinWin is internal-only and “won’t be productized but it will be the basis for future products,” Traut said. But “it’s proof there is a really nice little core inside Windows.”

MinWin is 25 MB on disk; Vista is 4 GB, Traut said. (The slimmed-down Windows Server 2008 core is still 1.5 GB in size.) The MinWin kernel does not include a graphics subsystem in its current build, but does incorporate a “very simple HTTP server,” Traut said. The MinWin core is 100 files total, while all of Windows is 5,000 files in size.

Traut said he is running a team of 200 Windows engineers working on the core kernel and Windows virtual technologies.

Traut acknowledged tat the Windows kernel is between twelve and fifteen years old right now. He said that Microsoft is operating under the premise that “at some point, we’ll have to replace it (the kernel),” given that it “doesn’t have an unlimited life span.

Traut did not mention Singularity — Microsoft Research’s built-from-scratch microkernel-based operating system — during his talk.

Instead, Traut spent most of his time describing Microsoft’s thinking around virtualization, and how virtualization can be used to ease backwards compatibility and other problems Windows users incur. He did not speak specifically about how Microsoft plans to incorporate virtualization in Windows 7, but did stress that virtualization should not be viewed as a crutch, in terms of improving existing code. He said Microsoft considers application virtualization, like that it provides via SofGrid, presentation virtualization (Windows Terminal Services and “enhancements to core Windows functionality” are all other ways that the company can improve users’ Windows experience.read more | digg story

Bones, Kirk enlist for ”Star Trek” movie


(Hollywood Reporter) – “Lord of the Rings” veteran Karl Urban is strapping on a stethoscope to play Leonard “Bones” McCoy, the Starship’s Enterprise’s medical officer, in J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek” feature.

Chris Pine, meanwhile, closed his deal to star as the young Captain Kirk. He had been in talks to play Kirk as well as a role opposite George Clooney in Joe Carnahan’s “White Jazz.” The two movies overlapped, and Pine was forced to choose between them, opting to make the “Trek.”

Abrams has been furiously casting “Trek,” with John Cho (Sulu), Simon Pegg (Scotty) and Eric Bana (the villainous Nero) joining the film last week.

Also on board are Zoe Saldana as the young Uhura, Anton Yelchin as the young Chekov and Zachary Quinto as the young Spock. Leonard Nimoy, who originated the role of Spock, also will be part of the film.

The Paramount Pictures project is expected to shoot from November to March.

Plot details are begin kept under wraps, but it is understood that the movie chronicles the early days of the Enterprise crew.

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Star Trek


As seen in another recent post (Two a Day)! Since I love all things Star Trek, Star Wars and Star Gate, for my regular viewers, I thought I would add it for your viewing pleasure. Unfortunately, I now am considering adding some pages dedicated to Star Trek, Star Wars, Star Gate, Star Hunter and Babylon 5 (great series). Note, I did not add Battlestar Gallactica. Sorry, I just cannot get into the series at all, however I am willing to consider Buck Rogers, if they do a remake.

For more information about the new Star Trek Movie, click here.

Or for information from Reuters
http://www.reuters.com/article/filmNews/idUSN1839185020071018

 

By: Andy MJ
a.k.a “The GTA Patriot”
Toronto, Ontario