In his presentation, Rich Draves of Microsoft Research said that it is time to rethink the operating system design in light of the huge distributed system (a.k.a. the internet) that everyone is now connect to. In contrast to extensible systems, which allow bright people to do cool things, the goal of Rich and his colleagues is to allow average programmers to get involved in distributed systems. Their ultimate goal is to create a seamless system that will provide transparent distribution. A user of such a system would by a computer, and plug it into the network. The operating system would automatically be downloaded, would figure out what hardware resources were available to it, and would configure itself accordingly.
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