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SubjectRe: (reiserfs) Re: I discussed reading directories as files with jra,

On 22 Jun 1999, Kai Henningsen wrote:

> (Alexander Viro) wrote on 22.06.99 in <>:
> > Or NT will eventually die. Much more desirable outcome, IMO. It's
> > definitely inferior design. Remember, every self-appointed UNIX-killer
> > ate flaming death and UNIX is alive and well. Where is VMS? Where is
> > OS/2? Where is (spit) MacOS? Exactly. They boast. They suck. They die.
> > It is that simple. NT will follow them, just give it some time. New
> > "UNIX-killer" will appear, only to follow the previous ones. Who cares?

First of all, YHBT ;-) Sorry, just couldn't resist.

> Wrt. MacOS:
> 1. I've never heard it announced as a Unix-killer,
You are lucky, then.
> 2. It's currently doing just fine, doing record sales, grabbing market
> share from M$
> 3. The designated successor is based on (wait for it) ... Mach+FreeBSD!
1. s/Free/Net/
2. MacOS kernel goes which way?

> Wrt. OS/2:
> Its death is a pure marketing effect: IBM didn't really market it.

Not only. They've failed to leak enough information to create a productive
culture (see Lions, etc.). BTW, I'm completely serious - AFAICS there is
nothing similar to UNIX culture around OS/2. There goes the possibility to
affect future designs.

> Wrt. NT:
> Interesting enough, when you look at M$'s *technical* documentation,
> you'll find that they have a number of nice things to say about Unix in
> general and Linux specifically. Don't tell the marketing guys!

<shrug> if their marketing guys would have zero influence on the
development... As much as I dislike VMS, NT *might* become very
interesting. If they could keep PHBs away. And keep featuritis where it

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