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osOpinion: Raskin on 'Raskin on OS X'

Feb 09, 2001, 07:20 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jef Raskin)

[ Thanks to Kelly McNeill for this link. ]

"Some readers think that I am proposing having applications, which could be launched by a button press (as with the Commodore CBM Plus4, Palm). I am not proposing anything of the sort. An abundance of third-party software is a necessity, but I am proposing a better way to access all that power."

"Many writers misunderstand that I want to eliminate the low-level functionality of an OS, and then say that I am obviously bonkers to suggest such a thing. I've never said that "an OS does nothing," and think nothing of the sort."

"The comment, "So the OS isn't going to go away, especially when computer geeks like me work faster on the command line" (as well as similar comments from others) are very far off the mark; anybody who reads my book or looks at the systems I've designed since the Mac know that I promote keyboard commands instead of the awkward menus and icons we now have."

"I've found ways to allow "geeks" or anybody else to work efficiently without making it hard for beginners to learn the system. In fact, it's easier to learn than today's GUIs."

"That's where I've gone beyond the old form of command lines, and adopted the idea that issuing commands via a few alphabetic keystrokes is one of the best ways of operating a computer. Those that had suggested the previous notion are confusing an OS with the interface of an OS, a mistake many made."

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