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Unix world domination

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Jean-Louis Gassée is still alive and kicking! In this post he describes how Unix has taken over the world of operating systems today. Linux, Solaris, Mac OSX, but also iPhone OS, Android, MeeGo and a bazillion embedded computer systems are all based on Unix.

Fifteen years ago, Unix machines were workstations or mainframes, they cost a fortune and were quite slow (by today’s standards). As a student I would never have dreamed of having one at home some day, let alone carry one in my pocket to listen to music. The first time I ran ps aux on my iPod, something screamed inside me that Unix had finally achieved world domination.

Next step: realize Linux is a toy (a nice one, but a toy) and push something really professional to the top: QNX, BSD, Solaris, whatever. I would feel very insecure flying in a plane controlled by a Linux box, knowing that the OOM Killer could decide to shoot us down at any moment.

For reference: the infamous out-of-memory killer started its life on Linux with this discussion on the kernel mailing-list.

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Written by nicolas314

Wednesday 6 October 2010 at 8:59 pm

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