troll of sorts by Poul-Henning Kamp
, posted to the ACM Queue site.
"That is the sorry reality of the bazaar [Eric] Raymond praised in
his book: a pile of old festering hacks, endlessly copied and pasted by a
clueless generation of IT 'professionals' who wouldn't recognize sound IT
architecture if you hit them over the head with it. It is hard to believe
today, but under this embarrassing mess lies the ruins of the beautiful
cathedral of Unix, deservedly famous for its simplicity of design, its
economy of features, and its elegance of execution.
Perhaps it's just venting by somebody who got left behind, but perhaps he
has a point: are we too focused on the accumulation of features at the
expense of the design of the system as a whole?
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