ok, 'Hackers' was.. um.. interesting.. ok, I admit it, I quite enjoyed it.
Anyway, back to the point about why Drobe isn't harrasing the OS developers for the lack of things like PMT and full memory protection.
Firstly, let's be blunt. PMT would be tremendous - I could use my desktop more fluidly whilst Filer Action or Oregano were busy processing stuff or FTPc was uploading stuff. Memory protection would mean the end of apps scribbling over the RMA and DAs and locking up the machine.
But, to implement these would require fundamental changes to the OS and result in many, many applications breaking and not working. The Aemulor team know exactly what kinds of tricks even high profile software pulls. I suppose, you'd have to implement a system that encapsulates old style apps to run them over this new style OS.
Can the present user market support the development costs to pay for such an undertaking; is it unreasonable for us to slap the OS developers about and tell them to do what we say? Would end users prefer it if CTL and ROL focus on stuff that immediately benefits us like USB/PCI drivers and networking and graphics facilities?