Wow, Linux finally has kernel-mode HTTP. NT/IIS has had this for four years, and it is available to any developer (fully documented). It's not even restricted to HTTP -- you can move FTP data in k-mode, etc. Also, NT has had zero-copy TCP/IP and UDP/IP from NT 4.0 on -- welcome to 1996, guys.
NT also has an extremely open, well-documented, extensible driver interface. No GPL restrictions.
Why is Linux shooting itself in the foot? Why insult & restrict the people who are SUPPORTING your platform -- device driver developers! You're just killing one of the few advantages that Linux has (or, soon, "had").