Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 23rd Aug 2012 12:48 UTC
In the News "We all know about the gadgets that get showered with constant praise - the icons, the segment leaders, and the game changers. Tech history will never forget the Altair 8800, the Walkman, the BlackBerry, and the iPhone. But people do forget - and quickly - about the devices that failed to change the world: the great ideas doomed by mediocre execution, the gadgets that arrived before the market was really ready, or the technologies that found their stride just as the world was pivoting to something else." I was a heavy user of BeOS, Zip drives, and MiniDisc (I was an MD user up until about 2 years ago). I'm starting to see a pattern here.
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Plan 9 could be included here too
by obsidian on Thu 23rd Aug 2012 21:38 UTC
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Ok, it is true that Plan 9 has influenced Linux with (for example) the /proc filesystem IIRC.
However, it sadly looks destined to remain in a backwater, never having fulfilled its huge potential.

If only Lucent/Bell Labs would release it as "public domain", the uptake would rocket. Given that it is already open-source, it's not as if they would lose any revenue, and they would gain great kudos and PR.

Such a release could be done as a tribute to the late Dennis Ritchie too. It would be a great way of honouring him, IMO, getting his ideas "out there" as widely as possible.

Anyway, that's Plan 9. Another could-have-been technology that didn't quite make the summit of the mountain.

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