Re: [dwm] The StumpWM Experience

From: y i y u s <>
Date: Wed, 10 Oct 2007 15:45:53 +0200

2007/10/10, Anselm R. Garbe <>:
> On Tue, Oct 09, 2007 at 11:02:29PM -0400, Manny Calavera wrote:
> > "Plan 9 failed simply because it fell short of being a compelling enough
> > improvement on Unix to displace its ancestor. Compared to Plan 9, Unix
> > creaks and clanks and has obvious rust spots, but it gets the job done
> > well enough to hold its position. There is a lesson here for ambitious
> > system architects: the most dangerous enemy of a better solution is an
> > existing codebase that is just good enough."
> I think Plan 9 hasn't been a success because the Bell Labs made
> it available under an Open Source license too late. If they'd
> released it earlier there would have been chances of earlier
> adaption in todays OS designs. A key to Unix' success was that
> it has been available (in form of BSD and Linux) to students for
> nearly the last two decades, which can't be said of Plan 9.
> If Plan 9 would have been made production ready by Lucent or
> like commercial Unices, it might have reached a market share
> like HP-UX or something similiar today. But that wasn't the
> case.
> I don't believe it failed because Unix was just good enough.
> Hell, why did OS X or Windows succeeded then? They are much worse
> than Unix.

I agree with this, IMVHO. If it had been released as open source
sooner, at least it would have had success in cs courses.

- yiyus || JGL .
Received on Wed Oct 10 2007 - 15:45:56 UTC

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