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monolithic kernel

An operating system architecture for a particular platform that includes all OS functions such as the file system, virtual memory manager, application interprocess communication and drivers. Contrast with microkernel. See kernel.
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And, as was often explained by the late Dan Hildebrand of QNX, it is more difficult to build a fast microkernel, than a fast monolithic kernel.
com/plan9), monolithic kernels are extensible for the user.
Some applications performed as well under a microkernel as under a monolithic kernel, and a few slightly better.