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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shotsman
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2005-07-22

Like the English language, Unix is inconsistent, difficult to learn and impossible to master.
Perhaps it should be

Like the English language, Windows is inconsistent, difficult to learn and impossible to master.

As a Unix user since 1981, Linux since 1994, I find Windows far more inconsistent than Unix has ever been.

Want an example?

I have a VM running on Windows 7. No matter what I do on one drive, every time I want to start it, it needs an admin override. Move the VM to another system or drive and it does not ask for an admin override. Three different Microsoft Gurus have looked at it can they are stumped.

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WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

As a Unix user since 1981, Linux since 1994, I find Windows far more inconsistent than Unix has ever been.


Except we're not talking about Windows here. Comparing Unix to Windows is like comparing your ugly girlfriend to your friend's ugly girlfriend, and then arguing over which one is uglier. In the end, everybody loses ;)

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