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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Comment by demetrioussharpe
by demetrioussharpe on Fri 25th May 2012 16:22 UTC
demetrioussharpe
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2009-01-09

The creators of UNIX realized this years ago. That's why they created Plan9.

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RE: Comment by demetrioussharpe
by zima on Fri 25th May 2012 16:49 in reply to "Comment by demetrioussharpe"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Plan 9 which, if adopted in any meaningful way, would probably quickly end up similarly...

Its niche, hardly used, academic status is what allows it to remain pristine.

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demetrioussharpe Member since:
2009-01-09

Plan 9 which, if adopted in any meaningful way, would probably quickly end up similarly...

Its niche, hardly used, academic status is what allows it to remain pristine.


I whole-heartedly agree!

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dylansmrjones Member since:
2005-10-02

Indeed. With a suitable object-file* oriented desktop Plan9 would rock really hard.

* Plan9 is taking the "everything-is-a-file" concept to its extreme. OS/2 took "everything-is-an-object" to an extreme. Combine those and you have "everything-is-an-object-is-a-file".

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Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

You also have two operating systems that went pretty much nowhere.

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