Re: Linux doing "cooperative multitasking"?

Tyson D Sawyer (
Wed, 27 Nov 1996 14:21:49 -0500 (EST)

> 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

I believe that MacOS uses cooperative multitasking also.