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authorArne Babenhauserheide <>2011-05-15 19:57:07 +0200
committerArne Babenhauserheide <>2011-05-15 19:57:07 +0200
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tech. adv.: standalone translators → easier sharing.
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And then there are subhurds (essentially lightweight virtualization which allows cutting off processes from other processes without the overhead of creating a virtual machine for each process). But that’s an entire post of its own…
+And the fact that a translator is just a simple standalone program means that these can be shared and tested much more easily, opening up completely new options for lowlevel hacking, because it massively lowers the barrier of entry.
And then there is the possibility of subdividing memory management and using different microkernels (by porting the Hurd layer, as partly done in the NetBSD port), but that is purely academic right now (search for Viengoos to see what its about).