The younger generation
Posted Aug 21, 2012 2:40 UTC (Tue) by man_ls
In reply to: Kamp: A Generation Lost in the Bazaar
Parent article: Kamp: A Generation Lost in the Bazaar
Thanks for a balanced comment, and much more interesting than the original rantish and trollish article. People often forget how progress works: the new thing does not need to be perfect, just better than what came before. Asking for perfection rarely helps a software project.
I would add that the "pile of old festering hacks, endlessly copied and pasted by a clueless generation of IT 'professionals'" is often a direct consequence of "the beautiful cathedral of Unix, deservedly famous for its simplicity of design". The LWN articles on Unix principles you cite did show the point very clearly: Unix principles do not fit all situations. Without entering to assess systemd as a replacement, SysV init is a good example of a mess brought about by trying to follow the purity of Unix. There is a point in allowing a younger generation disregard all those principles and remove the pile of hacks, to start something anew. And often it brings along a simpler vision, governed by a smaller team.
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