Linked by bcavally on Mon 21st Dec 2009 17:18 UTC
BeOS & Derivatives Today there are many operating systems available. Every vendor or community round it tries to make it as good as possible. Having different goals, different legacy and different cultures, they succeed in it more or less. We (end users) end up with big selection of operating systems, but for us the operating systems are usually compromise of the features that we would like to have. So is there an operating system that would fit all the needs of the end user? Is is the BeOS clone Haiku?
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RE[4]: Legacy architecture == bad?
by cycoj on Tue 22nd Dec 2009 01:58 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Legacy architecture == bad?"
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"Can you give examples? What you write is so generic that I really don't understand what you're talking about. What are the confusing layers of complexity?


X for example is a piece of crap:

http://www.art.net/%7Ehopkins/Don/unix-haters/x-windows/disaste... http://www.art.net/~hopkins/Don/unix-haters/x-windows/disaster.html" rel="nofollow">http://www.art.net/~hopkins/Don/unix-haters/x-windows/disaster.html...

All the Unix-like OSes just need to drop X like a hot potato. It is dragging them down and the flaws are so ingrained as to be unfixable. Even the X.org developers think it is a piece of crap. The hoops they have to go through to make it modern are pretty crazy.

Every other OS has a much better and more modern GUI system design (from Windows to Mac OS X to Haiku.)

Unfortunately the day when Linux and friends drop X probably won't ever come. Which is one reason of many I try to work on Haiku.
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Why do people always dig out the unix-haters book when it comes to criticising Linux/Unix/X. That book was written in 1994! Some of the criticism might have applied then but a lot is simply not valid any more.

Sure X has had problems, as have many other systems, here's an article from LWN.net which recaps the history of X and does address some of the problems.
http://lwn.net/Articles/354408/

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