RE: Linux doing "cooperative multitasking"?

Michael Nelson (
Wed, 27 Nov 1996 14:26:10 -0500

That's why I said "certain situations" :-).

-----Original Message-----
From: Ingo Molnar []
Sent: Wednesday, November 27, 1996 1:54 PM
To: Michael Nelson
Cc: 'Derrik Pates'; Uwe Bonnes;
Subject: RE: Linux doing "cooperative multitasking"?

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.

it's also used in Linux in the kernel. But as an application scheduling
policy [like in Windows] it's badly broken.

-- mingo