Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 6th Nov 2005 11:50 UTC
General Unix UNIX was a terrific workhorse for its time, but eventually the old nag needs to be put out to pasture. David Chisnall argues that it's time to retire UNIX in favor of modern systems with a lot more horsepower. "UNIX has a lot of strengths, but like any other design it's starting to show its age. Some of the points listed in this article apply less to some UNIX-like systems, some apply more."
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crappy article
by diegocg on Sun 6th Nov 2005 12:35 UTC
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2005-07-08

Of course Unix is old, but man, the article pointed out things that are far from being the worst problems of unix.

If you want to know the real problems behind unix, and why unix sucks (and why windows and/or mac os x suck too because of sharing some of those unix defects) you might to want to read about plan9, which was the OS that the unix guys wrote to fix unix

http://herpolhode.com/rob/ugly.pdf
http://plan9.bell-labs.com/sys/doc/9.html

Edited 2005-11-06 12:39

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RE: crappy article
by on Sun 6th Nov 2005 16:42 in reply to "crappy article"
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If you want to know the real problems behind unix, and why unix sucks (and why windows and/or mac os x suck too because of sharing some of those unix defects) you might to want to read about plan9, which was the OS that the unix guys wrote to fix unix

Can I get a synopsis of what they fixed from Unix? Also, if Plan9 is so good, why aren't more people using it?

I'm not doubting you, just honestly asking.

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RE[2]: crappy article
by Ronald Vos on Sun 6th Nov 2005 19:33 in reply to "RE: crappy article"
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Can I get a synopsis of what they fixed from Unix? Also, if Plan9 is so good, why aren't more people using it?

I'm not doubting you, just honestly asking.


The reason not more people are using plan9 is the same reason people use Windows instead of OS X, or OS X instead of BeOS etc etc: lack of momentum means fewer software/programmers, lock-in in old systems, and (perceived cost) of transition. That and the performance isn't proven/at par with the highly tweaked BSDs/Linux.
Nice introduction:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plan_9_%28operating_system%29

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RE[2]: crappy article
by bogomipz on Mon 7th Nov 2005 17:22 in reply to "RE: crappy article"
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Also, if Plan9 is so good, why aren't more people using it?

If Windows 3.11 was so bad, why did it rule the world?

Answer; the best technology doesn't always win, the best sales department does.

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RE: crappy article
by on Sun 6th Nov 2005 19:28 in reply to "crappy article"
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that .pdf was interesting. thanks.

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RE: crappy article
by on Tue 8th Nov 2005 02:17 in reply to "crappy article"
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And Jimmy Page had bands after Led Zeppelin. Who cares?

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