[FoRK] Re: Okay, I've had it! (Daily Rant vol. N, large N)

Jeff Bone <jbone at place.org> on Sat Sep 15 20:45:21 PDT 2007

On Sep 15, 2007, at 12:30 PM, Jeff Bone wrote:

> On Sep 13, 2007, at 4:20 PM, Adam L Beberg wrote:
>> Matt Jensen wrote on 9/13/2007 12:27 PM:
>>> Quoting Jeff Bone <jbone at place.org>:
>>>> Put differently:  through the lens of history, it's clear.  People
>>>> wanted an operating system, not a revolution.
>>> Don't "people" want applications, rather than an operating system?
>> Bingo. That's why none of this matters at all anymore.
> UNIX is an application as much as an operating system.  It's an IDE.

It's also:

   - a data-wrangling, and particularly text-wrangling, application
   - a communications meta-application
   - an automation application

Many others besides;  I thought I should preemptively deflect the  
obvious argument that the only people that use IDEs are programmers,  
by pointing out that for long stretches during the development of  
UNIX (and its successors) there have been key non-programmer  
contingencies for whom UNIX has been, by design, a targeted "workbench."



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