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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RE[2]: UNIX?!
by redshift on Sat 26th May 2012 01:07 UTC in reply to "RE: UNIX?!"
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I wish "it just worked". For one thing, the switch from Mac OS to Mac OS X meant that all of a sudden, spaces in filenames became a real problem. Try it, create a folder with spaces in its filename, check out some sizable Unix OSS project and try to run the configure/make/etc command chain. Quite often you will get error messages. Since Xcode is just wrapping gcc/llvm, it suffers from similar problems.

Well.... the skill level required does go up when you are playing with the UNIX side of OSX. A mac user really does not have to touch that part of the mac for normal usage.

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