from Martin Vahi:
If You're looking for novel ideas for a
monolithic kernel, then please do not
count out the
I do not know the DragonFlyBSD project in details,
but what I've heard, the main novel things there are:
It's ports collection seems to be poor, as can
be expected from yet-another-BSD-distro, but
those 2 things alone combined with SSH should
allow the DragonFlyBSD to be an awesome
file server. Another idea is that the working
principles of a microkernel can be at least partly
implemented by using a totally UNMODIFIED
monolithic kernel. For example, fi a userspace
program has access to hardware through some
general purpose IO driver then the majority of
the device driver might reside at userspace.
I haven't tested it, so I do not yet know, what
problems will occur there, but for gradual
development of that concept a standard Linux
distribution might be a perfectly adequate starting point.
Thank You for reading my letter.