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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RE: "There is only one."
by tylerdurden on Tue 5th Oct 2010 19:23 UTC in reply to ""There is only one.""
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"BeOS (and its open-source counterpart, Haiku) is much better than UNIX ever will be AT DOING NOTHING"

There, I fixed that for you.

How exactly is BeOS, an operating system that has been dead for a decade, better than unix? It had a awful networking stack, almost no drivers, no multiuser, and basically no application base to speak of, no real value proposition other than it could boot up "real fast." So on what metric exactly do you base you utterly qualitative and arbitrary statement?

Granted it had a filesystem which supported metadata. So you could boot up real fast, and do queries on useless data since there were no apps. That makes it "better" than UNIX how exactly?

Edited 2010-10-05 19:24 UTC

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