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Freshmeat: Systems Software Research is Irrelevant

Aug 06, 2000, 18:44 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rob Pike)

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"The ubiquity of PC hardware has been mirrored in the software market, where a handful of operating systems are firmly entrenched and new systems find it difficult to attract interest to themselves. In today's editorial, Rob Pike of Bell Laboratories gives his reflections on the state of systems software research, drawing on his own experiences working on Plan 9 and Inferno...."

"Linux's success may indeed be the single strongest argument for my thesis: The excitement generated by a clone of a decades-old operating system demonstrates the void that the systems software research community has failed to fill."

"Besides, Linux's cleverness is not in the software, but in the development model, hardly a triumph of academic CS (especially software engineering) by any measure."

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