Re: [dev] Worse is better: Plan9 and Linux?

From: Laslo Hunhold <>
Date: Tue, 29 Oct 2019 08:54:35 +0100

On Mon, 28 Oct 2019 19:58:54 +0100
Peter Wiehe <> wrote:

Dear Peter,

> It seems that you like Plan9 and dislike the Linux kernel. And you
> seem to agree to "Worse is Better" which is presented here:
> (I think "Better" is also called "It needs a tough cook/programmer to
> make a chicken tender" or similar.)
> But that seems to be a contradiction! For me Plan9 seems to be of the
> "better" kind (Some effort was done to create a simple interfac) and
> Linux seems of the "worse" kind (Minimal effort in elegant design).
> ("Better" and "worse" not judging but strictly in the context as
> mentioned above.)
> Any clarification on this is welcome.

I always understood the "Worse is better" principle to be an ironic
take on many peoples' opinion that solutions with fewer features are
worse than those with more.

With best regards


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