Must ... Not ... Have ... Choice
Posted May 10, 2012 7:57 UTC (Thu) by anselm
In reply to: Must ... Not ... Have ... Choice
Parent article: Fragmentation on the Linux Desktop (Is it Normal?) (Datamation)
Just the first paragraph mentions two competitors, "gnu" (which would later become Hurd) and Minix, by Andrew Tannenbaum.
Let's have a look at those »competitors«:
- GNU: Not ready. (In point of fact, twenty years have passed and it still isn't ready.) Also, »cathedral« development style. Boo.
- Minix: At the time AST was on record as not being interested in adding features that would make Minix a serious (as opposed to »toy«) operating system, such as virtual memory. Boo.
- BSD: Was available but not free (the AT&T lawsuit was still around). Boo.
So what's a hacker to do?
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