Linked by Kroc Camen on Wed 6th Oct 2010 16:37 UTC
Editorial In response to Jean-Louis Glassee's article "The OS Doesn't Matter..." I wrote quite simply: the future of the browser wars is he who integrates with the OS best. This phrase came from my article lambasting Microsoft's use of HTML for their IE9 jump lists, which caused quite a stir. In the wave of ever increasing web browser capability, the operating system is going to matter to web users more than it ever has before.
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Well I think Urias has a point; the general tenure of your article feels as though you have only read JLG's title, disagreed with that statement, and started to write an article focused solely on that statement, without stopping to discover that the article really is about all OSes turning into variations on UNIX or having UNIX at their cores, except for one brave little village of Gauls resisting UNIX from invading on their territory.

Even in your comment just now, it feels to me like you haven't even considered JLG's arguments. He speaks of various expressions of the UNIX core, be it Chrome OS or the Mac OS, Android or iOS. How are they "giving up on innovation"?!?! To disprove your point, let me also go back in time; the rise of DOS can be explained by its low pricing, but using the UNIX philosophy is a conscious choice by all companies who decided to go for their own Linux distribution, for creating an OS from scratch with UNIX underpinnings (BeOS), or for replacing their existing OS with a UNIX-based one (NeXT, and various smartphones). All the way up to the highly praised QNX, innovation is achieved through a single foundation all companies (except one) have come to agree upon, sometimes after years of deliberation: UNIX. That is not giving up on innovation; it is acknowledging the wheel has already been invented and you can create any kind of vehicle or machinery around said wheel.

Will we witness a sea change in the way we interact with the Web through our OSes? To an extent, yes I believe we will. Solely for that reason, Apple cannot afford to lag behind, which is also why I did partially disagree with your "Apple won't embrace the Web" article ( ) as I myself am more optimistic about this age of Web competition preventing a return of the days of IE6. In fact, that is why I hope the OS integration with the Web, which you speak of, will happen on a large scale. And I do thank you for pointing that out in this article.

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