Thanks for the encouragement,mlmyers
I tend to think conceptually,and enthusiastically go off on pipe dreams,only to get so far and suddenly realise i need hard data and solid understanding of the mathematics
I guess,my impression is that core components,kernel and operating system appear separate to each other, and it feels intuitive for them to 'think' more cooperatively,and have the ability to compensate for changes in each,from the little i have read of Minix,it appears they are in the same mindset maybe?
With regards to a Java kernel,i agree this does offer a challenge and from what i have read Sun Java's JRE licensing does not allow 'stripping down' of the JRE to minimal...still,never to be deterred
A glimmer of hope is maybe in the following project http://code.google.com/p/aparapi/
Meanwhile on thoughts,i have a seed of an idea of a dedicated compositing manager for SalixOS,based on photosynthesis https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Photosynthesis
,i just need to continue on the 'type' of green fingers i have