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The problem with Windows has never been with the kernel. The NT kernel is (mainly) fast, secure, and modular. In a study of pros and cons, it will compare favorably with other kernels of today.

Windows' problem is, has always been, and promises to continue to be, purely in userland. The userland is bloated and without focus; it reeks of design by committee, is riddled with security issues stemming from design of userspace and user interaction requirements, and by-and-large simply lacks a unifying theme/purpose for the OS itself.

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