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I heard that Unix/Linux is a monolithic-kernel whereas Hurd is micro-kernel. So, I want to know what is the difference between these kernel type?

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Monolithic kernel is a single large processes running entirely in a single address space (kernel space) where as Microkernels, the kernel is broken down into separate processes. Some process run in kernel space and some run in user space.

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http://www.8bitavenue.com/2012/11/microkernel-vs-monolithic-os-architectures/

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