Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 25th May 2012 14:55 UTC
General Unix James Hague: "But all the little bits of complexity, all those cases where indecision caused one option that probably wasn't even needed in the first place to be replaced by two options, all those bad choices that were never remedied for fear of someone somewhere having to change a line of code... They slowly accreted until it all got out of control, and we got comfortable with systems that were impossible to understand." Counterpoint by John Cook: "Some of the growth in complexity is understandable. It's a lot easier to maintain an orthogonal design when your software isn't being used. Software that gets used becomes less orthogonal and develops diagonal shortcuts." If there's ever been a system in dire need of a complete redesign, it's UNIX and its derivatives. A mess doesn't even begin to describe it (for those already frantically reaching for the comment button, note that this applies to other systems as well).
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by Nico57 on Sat 26th May 2012 01:22 UTC
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I like that most of the time I spent learning about the UNIX shell and tools, X Window, shell scripting, etc on an HP-UX system during my student years helped me build skills I still use today.
I like that I've been able to use Unixware (SCO), CLIX (Intergraph), SunOS, Solaris, AIX and OSF/1 (DEC) systems without investing weeks of my time on them.
I'm sad that my years of experience on Novell Netware won't buy me anything today.

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