Some Aspects of the Midori Story from SD Times

Mon 04 August 2008

The Midori coverage from SD Times has gone mainstream, even making the front page of BBC World News this morning. Since I reviewed the technical portions of the documents for the story, I thought I might clarify some things. First, though:

  • I have no idea who wrote the document
  • I have no idea how SD Times came into possession of the document
  • I have no idea when the document was written

For all I know, what I reviewed might have been the musings of some 14-year-old in Novosobirsk. A very technical 14-year-old, but who knows?

Substantively, what I can say is that the documents were quite technical and were quite provocative -- they weren't a retrospective on Singularity that we conflated into a discussion of a future OS. The technicality of the documents actually gave me some pause: the unguarded tone and technical depth made me think "this is a long way from being a press release."

Taking the documents at face value, they laid out a very aggressive, very ambitious, scenario for Midori. By "aggressive" and "ambitious," what I mean is that the author really grabs the bull by the horns and addresses concurrency and legacy head-on. Although there's a lot of talk in the analysis about "how is this going to work with legacy Windows" what's interesting to me, personally, is that the technical path being discussed is not a mealy-mouthed "we have to acknowledge the concurrent era" but rather is a full-throated "we have to reinvent what we talk about when we talk about OS."

What I read was the type of stance that some people don't think happens at Microsoft. I was impressed. ("It's all about concurrency": Larry is impressed. What a surprise.) Was it a deliberately leaked trial balloon? I dunno'.