The Persistent Relevance of the Local Operating System to Global Applications

The growth and popularity of loosely-coupled distributed systems such as the World Wide Web and the touting of Java-based systems as the solution to the issues of software maintenance, flexibility, and security are changing the research emphasis away from traditional single node operating system issues. Apparently, the view is that traditional OS issues are either solved problems or minor problems. By contrast, the authors believe that building such vast distributed systems upon the fragile infrastructure provided by today’s operating systems is analogous to building castles on sand.

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