[amsat-bb] Re: gpredict
jeff at mock.com
Tue Jan 29 08:44:46 PST 2008
Nate Duehr wrote:
> On Jan 28, 2008, at 11:32 PM, don wrote:
>> The PDP series ran unix, and I still have the original Bell System
>> Journals here at home describing the philosophy and design behind the
>> unix system. I tried over the last few days of re reading these
>> to find any reference to the denigrating of any other systems or their
>> users... Are linux users and prophets now straying far from the
>> tracks for unix?
> Reading it, anyone can gain huge insights into the "OS Business" as
> well as some very personal insights about why people like/dislike, or
> use particular OS's -- and perhaps even how silly that all is, when
> it's all said and done.
Those are great references, I'll add one more the relates to the whiny
poster's point that Linux has lost its way and strayed from the original
Unix philosophy. Rob Pike gave a hilarious talk way back in 1983 called
"cat -v considered harmful" that makes the same point about Unix
becoming bloated and being "the victim of cancerous growth":
Managing growth of a complex software system is really difficult. The
good part about Unix/Linux is that the conversation happens out in the
open from a wide range of viewpoints rather than an edict from the back
room of a monolithic corporation.
Linux makes me much more productive. I look back on my last two
projects. Most recently I designed a spectrometer for the radio
telescope in Arecibo. I used Linux as the OS in the spectrometer and as
the OS on the server machines that store the data. This let me focus on
being a chip designer and most of the systems problems were easily
solved with Linux. This project is open for all to see:
Prior to that I was a chip designer on the team that designed the
graphics chip for the Nintendo Wii. We used Linux extensively as the
platform for the simulation and test environment. It was a large
complex design and Linux was a fantastic platform for a large design
project with lots of custom test software.
For me, Linux is a reliable and useful tool that makes me much more
productive, but you should use whatever works well for you.
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