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 JuEeHa on Sat 26th May 2012 12:15 UTC in reply to "Re:"
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>So that leaves X.org as the only real choice for non-Apple systems.
Well tell me why I don't have X.org (or Wayland or MGR or any type of GUI) installed but I can still use graphical programs?
>2. The terminal sucks. The commands have no logical consistency, for example ls prints the result by default, find doesn't
Well both print results on my system (I have busybox).
3. The fact the hard drive unix is installed gets labelled as "/", and everything else is essentially mounted on a virtual folders inside /mnt is also insane. Let's be honest, this is a hack because unix was designed for systems with only one drive. If this can't be fixed, let's at least fix it at terminal/GUI level so we can have HDD2:something.jpg instead of /mnt/hdd2/something.jpg
Some people like multiple roots, some don't. I prefer to have my data on /.

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