Linked by David Adams on Mon 4th Oct 2010 19:32 UTC, submitted by Idefix
OSNews, Generic OSes Once upon a time, operating systems used to matter a lot; they defined what a computer could and couldn't do... Today, there's only one operating system: Unix (okay, there are two, but we'll get to that). This is why I contend that the OS doesn't matter - or that we need to take another look at the word's content, at what we mean when we say 'Operating System'.
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by marcp on Mon 4th Oct 2010 20:57 UTC
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I can't agree with the author. OSs may serve the same thing, but they definitely behave in a different manner. We have good and bad OSs, we have poor and good code, we have good and poor security mechanisms and implementations, etc.
The author's point of view may be probobly valid - to some extent - in the case of some computer novice who doesn't actually see the differences between various OSs, but it doesn't mean that the differences are not there ... doesn't it?

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