RE: Linux doing "cooperative multitasking"?

Derrik Pates (
Wed, 27 Nov 1996 11:19:52 -0700 (MST)

On Wed, 27 Nov 1996, Michael Nelson wrote:

> >No. Cooperative multitasking is a severely broken method, which as far as
> >I know is only used by M$ WinDog. Trusting the applications to multitask
> >was stupid when M$ started to use it, and the people who have created and
> >now maintain Linux would never use such a bad multitasking method.
> Actually, it's also used by Novell Netware. In certain situations, it
> can be put to good use.

In theory. But, at least in the implementation used in MS Windows, the
applications often did not properly give up their lock on the processor,
even if they weren't using CPU time. Maybe Novell did it better, but M$
screwed it up pretty badly, IMHO.

Derrik Pates

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