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Miguel de Icaza: Let's Make Unix Not Suck

Aug 09, 2000, 19:33 (36 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Miguel De Icaza)

"The Unix system, designed and constructed in the 70s by people living in a very different world from us, has stagnated. Unix has some good qualities, and they have taken us a long way. But the problems in Unix are becoming increasingly clear, and they are holding us back. It is time to take a good hard look at Unix, to recognize what's broken, and to fix it. In this article, I describe some of the problems that we in the free software world must face, and discuss the ways in which the GNOME project is addressing them."

"My recent presentation at Ottawa Linux Symposium started by stating that Unix sucked. This was a punch line that I found good to introduce the vision we have in the GNOME project to address a number of problems in Unix when it comes to code reuse, consistency and usability. This is the vision of the GNOME project and this was the subject of my talk."

"I was addressing the software developers in the free software community that were attending the Ottawa Linux Symposium. My talk was designed to expose a number of flaws in UNIX, and to present a concrete proposal on how some of these problems can be addressed. The idea was to issue a call to developers to help realize this vision."

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