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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by zima on Fri 1st Jun 2012 23:59 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by demetrioussharpe"
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Curious that "exceptionally well" made you recall a crashed OS/2 ATM ;P

Anyway, it really hardly went anywhere worldwide - the position of OS/2 in banking or manufacturing, in some places, most likely stemmed from the earlier, long standing IBM presence in those sectors there, before OS/2 was even conceived; it had nothing to do with any virtues of OS/2 itself.
And you can't say it was sabotaged after the split when it hardly gained a foothold in the first place - also because of earlier (warped*) development processes...

...some of them by design. IBM wanted to use OS/2 to recapture the control over PC market. Of course most manufacturers and users wouldn't go with that - so yeah, "in the early '90s", with already quite nice Win 3.x around (with strong worldwide presence), it was a foregone conclusion.

* you have to wonder what kind of people insisted on such codename - for most of the population not evoking pop scifi, but something completely different...

Edited 2012-06-02 00:17 UTC

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