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Re: Emacs vista build failures

From: Stefan Monnier
Subject: Re: Emacs vista build failures
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2008 22:44:32 -0400
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/23.0.60 (gnu/linux)

> Quoting wikipedia:

>   An operating system (commonly abbreviated OS and O/S) is the software
>   component of a computer system that is responsible for the management
>   and coordination of activities and the sharing of the resources of the
>   computer. The operating system acts as a host for application programs
>   that are run on the machine.

That's sufficiently vague to mean either a kernel or a whole OS.
E.g. X11 would probably fall into this description, as would a DNS
caching proxy, the /sbin/init program, or even gdm, network-manager,
gnome-power-manager, nfsd, ...

> So when I said `fully-functioning operating system' I did not mention
> userspace at all.

In most circumstances, nowadays, a kernel is a very far cry from
a "fully functioning operating system".  The Linux kernel is no
exception here.


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