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osOpinion: The Ghosts of OSes Past

Feb 05, 2001, 16:26 (19 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Luke A. Kanies)

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"Everyone says UNIX was great because it was portable, or it was great because of its pipes, etc. However, nearly every significant piece of UNIX had been explored in other OSes or published in research papers prior to its incorporation in UNIX as we know it."

"UNIX was singular because it was the first OS to bring essentially that entire body of work into one operating system, not because of any specific feature. ... The question then is, why is no one doing that now?"

"Although Linux has a very strong culture supporting it, there is no filetyping at all within Linux, and as a result, any content management (including basic file management) must be done on an application level. Also, the majority of the GUI applications available for Linux build their GUIs based on what is popular, i.e., Windows, not what research has shown is most effective."

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