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Comment Re:how does it compare to NetBSD as a teaching too (Score 4, Informative) 107

I'm currently in a university course where Minix 3.2.1 is being used to teach OS principles. It's certainly small, and therefore semi-easy to wrap your head around. But I would not agree that its source code is "clean". They have a lot of really old code and suffer from coding guidelines that have changed greatly over time. I've never seen someone mix tabs and spaces so much in a piece of code. And can anyone say "no namespacing"? That said, I don't have much familiarity of the internals of other kernels, but I'm not too impressed by Minix.

Comment Re:Maybe not that lightweight (Score 2) 99

They do get to offload a lot of the work to the graphics chip, which undoubtedly helps, but they're also expected to perform compositing now, and typically to include all sorts of extra graphical effects. On top of that, as h111 mentioned, we have all these interpreted languages and VMs (such as Dalvik), and all the work done by modern web browsers to handle fancy interactive websites.

It's the price we (or rather, perhaps, the typical consumers) pay for prettier graphics and easier software development.


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