I say it is time to reevaluate the choice of Operating Systems (again). Modern *n*x systems have become complex beyond the point of easy maintainability, modern proprietary Operating Systems have become even more complex than this, any bug that does not immediately crash the system is allowed to remain unchecked for long periods due to this complexity. In the 1970s the effort was put forth to create operating systems that are simple enough to easily maintain, one of these was Unix. this was a response to the bloated unmaintainable systems of that time. This has happened again, DO WE NOT LEARN FROM OUR PAST MISTAKES. And now many of the user level applications have developed the same problems, memory leaks are deemed acceptable, redundant routines are the norm (because the projects have become so big it is easier to re-implement a routine than to find the already existing one).
IT IS TIME TO REMEMBER THE GOOD SYSTEMS
A few examples of simple to maintain systems that include a GUI are:
- RISC OS
AMIGA OS (pre 3.5)
Original Unix v5
Original BSD 4.4
The term Hacker as used herein refers to Software Engineers and Electronics Engineers.
WE ARE THE HACKERS OF TODAY; LET US REMIND THE WORLD HOW FUN AND FAST COMPUTING CAN BE.
I am doing my part to create a modern operating system that lives up to these goals, will you each please do your part? Lets provide enough options that people can choose a GOOD system based on its own merit (because the choice does exist). Now there is little choice we must change this, and only we can.