Linked by Eugenia Loli on Mon 12th Jan 2004 05:21 UTC, submitted by Simon Strandgaard
OSNews, Generic OSes When new operating systems gets designed today, great systems such as Amiga, Atari and VMS, seems to get overlooked in regard to their original features not found on other OSes. It might be time to collect and categorize those special unique features under the great/lost ideas wiki, so new OSes don't have to re-invent the wheel and re-innovate.
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Good to see...
by ChocolateCheeseCake on Tue 13th Jan 2004 03:26 UTC

That I am not the only old Amiga fart out there. Ahh, they were the good old days, the rivalry between Atari and Amiga over the Midi space. I remember the first time I recorded some music it was on an Atari. Like the Amiga, the Atari had a pretty good operating system as well and the GUI was very easy to use.

Too bad the IT world is filled with people who practice the "Not Invented Here" syndrome. Microsoft had a perfectly good UNIX and all they needed was to bolt a nice GUI onto it. Had they done that we would have had a rock solid operating system by 1995 but instead they re-invented the wheel in the form of Windows NT.

Linux has the same syndrome, we had a perfectly good toolkit, qt, however, then we had the merry band of NIH merchants claiming the creation of GTK was necessarily for the "protection and promotion" of "freedom".

Yes, there were licensing issues, but instead of re-inventing the wheel, why not negotiate with Trolltech? why wasn't that avenue stretched? had they done that, then said that Trolltech were unwilling to talk, then sure, create and promote a GTK desktop then, however, IMHO, it was nothing more than a big religious backlash rather than a technical one.