"Kennedy is so wrong about MinWin, I'm again at a loss as to where to start. Despite a number of fairly clear explanations from Microsoft (most notably, by Mark Russinovich), Kennedy shows a clear lack of understanding on what MinWin actually is. Microsoft never promised a 'clean break'; it never promised a 'new kernel.' Microsoft has been very clear: MinWin is not a new kernel. It is not a streamlined NT kernel. In fact, it is the NT kernel. The only thing Microsoft did was reorganize parts of it to make it cleaner, and to make sure they had a small core without any outward calls, so that they could make changes to the Windows kernel without causing massive breakage."
I was waiting for the MinWin topic to come up. Never in my 20-plus years as an author, analyst, and software developer have I seen so many make so much out of so little: a single sentence, taken out of context and without regard for anything I had written before. Yet the Windows fanboys pounced, thinking, "Aha! We've got him!"
Note the title: "The myth of 'MinWin' and a thinner Windows 7." As you can see, I was the first major media pundit to report on the fallacies surrounding the MinWin hype. In that post, I explained why replacing the Windows NT kernel with something newer and lighter was impractical, and how those who believed in such a creature were speaking out of ignorance and/or were misinterpreting the Eric Traut demo. In point of fact, I believe you actually linked to this piece from OSNews.
Regardless, at the time that I published the above blog post, people were already calling me a quack. Not for believing in a clean break with Windows 7, mind you, but rather for denying such a break would occur when so many were reporting the opposite. The simple truth is that I was publicly chastised five months ago for not drinking the media-hype-fueled MinWin Kool-Aid. So, for these same zealots to now accuse me of being somehow "confused" on the issue is both disingenuous and, in the case of my regular readers, downright slanderous.