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It seems to all revolve around the TCP/IP stack; X was written to be network-transparent, so all X programs have to be, too. Plus, the original Amiga system software folks had the luxury of being hardware-dependent, which the designers of UNIX and X could not afford to indulge in.
I'm not making excuses for X and/or UNIX; but I suspect that if the Amiga's designers had had the same goals for the OS and Workbench that the designers of UNIX, X and GNOME/KDE have (that would including designing Workbench so that there was no default look-and-feel), they would have come up with much more bloated software than they did. But they couldn't; in fact they were so impressed with the design of the Amiga that, having been contracted to write system software for what essentially was a simple computer-cum-console, they came up with possibly the most advanced 1980s OS *outside* of UNIX/X.
Great article. Very nicely written and fun and informative to read. Some notes:
There is a new version of the Operating System in development that has not been released that covers all the things that were listed that was lacking in Morphos.
Also, there IS a Native TCP/IP stack that is quite nice based on the *nix tcp/ip stack downloadable from www.morphzone.org.
There is also a very nice Text Editor, and C++ and other language editor available for free.
Not only this but there is a FREE MorphOS SDK available as well if you register on MDC.
you are aware that the official UNIX does exist and was licenced and ported for the a2500 and that at the time, that was the most advanced UNIX for that CPU.
UNIX could have taken much of what made the amiga os great and licenced these back into UNIX to the benifit of both, and then your average linux might be a far different beast today.
anyone that says that amiga OS would have become far larger if they had this or that goal in mind , dont know the core OS/HW developers storys very well, the answer is your assumption is wrong, they always say even today, that you should always make your project as efficient and compact as your able to do given your breaf, case in point 'rebol core and view'.