"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
"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
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