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LinuxPlanet: Broadening Horizons through Other Operating Systems

Jun 29, 2000, 13:50 (1 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to Kevin Reichard for this link. ]

"I like UNIX. I like it a lot. As a matter of fact, it is somewhat disgusting at how narrow-minded I can be about it considering how many other operating systems are out there. My motivations should be obvious, I look for power, efficiency and the ability to get close to the system. One can only get such things from a well-written multitasking operating system. It could also be said, truthfully, that I really would not like to switch to maintaining/developing/whatever on any other OS than is not UNIX-like. What I can concede is that someday, another OS of some sort, whether a UNIX variant or some sort of descendent, will replace or extend into UNIX. What that system may be, I do not know."

"Right now UNIX systems meet my personal and professional criteria. This is not to say there are not some quality operating systems out there that are different from UNIX (or are some sort of UNIX variant, like our beloved Linux) that are not good. They are simply not in widespread use at this time. These other operating systems still have something of value; their design philosophy is somewhat different than UNIX systems. Who is to say that understanding these ideas might not provide some insight as to how current UNIX systems could be changed or just the perspective of a project?"

"This article will look at two operating systems that approach system design from very diverse angles: The GNU HURD system and Plan9 from Bell Labs Innovations."

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