Rick Rashid – Microsoft Apologist and Attack Dog

November 1, 2008 at 12:06 am | Posted in Macintosh | Leave a comment

Microsoft veteran Rick Rashid talks trash about Apple, saying that the Mach kernel code he wrote 25 years ago is still being used within the core of MacOS X. His implication is that old code is bad code. One only has to look at the “success” of Vista to show that new code doesn’t necessarily mean better software. In fact, the low-level network code of the TCP/IP stack powering the Internet is probably even older than that, not to mention code residing in vi and emacs.

During the late 1980’s, Rick Rashid was a professor at Carnegie-Mellon and the lead researcher and architect of the Mach kernel. However, one of his students was Avie Tevanian, who used Mach as the foundation of NextStep which eventually became MacOS X. Not only does a graduate student usually do more work than the professor, but often, the student eventually surpasses the master. MacOS X is Tevanian’s legacy, while the Windows NT core is more based on Dave Cutler’s work (DEC/VMS) than any of Rick Rashid’s ideas.

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