In the Beginning was the Command Line
Very long but intresting: http://artlung.com/smorgasborg/C_R_Y_P_T_O_N_O_M_I_C_O_N.shtml
Gary van der Merwe
A little dated with the BeOS references, and with it's evaluation of Windows, but fundamentally a good read that's not actually about the OS wars as much as about human computer interaction.
I couldn't really get too far into it, but I object to his first paragraph. Though Bill Gates got rich selling the OS and Jobs and Woz got rich selling the first good home computer, I disagree that any of these people came up with either idea.
name withheld out of cowardice
The verbal pyrotechnics are amusing but by concentrating on PCs and only Windows vs BeOS vs Linux vs Apple, and ignoring other things that rationally should be considered i.e. commercial unixes on PCs / OS/2 (and, dare I say, other platforms like Amigas, low end workstations and even maybe Vaxes) he is left with sufficiently few 'data points' that by clever choice of 4 data points that would be equally valid, one could probably argue anything.
It's pretty good... haven't read it since it came out on Be's web site. It's also availalbe in book form.
The book Cryptonomicon by the same author is a great read for techies btw.
Well, pretty much any of Stephenson's books are good reads for techies, actually... (=
It took a while before I really grokked his point about "operating systems are a metaphor"... but when I did, it was like the proverbial light going on.
- former car owner in Queens
Looked through it. Sounded much like the stuff that Mac zealots spew on the routine basis: Windows is crap, Mac is godsend, the only reason why it has 1% market share is because Gates made a pact with Lucifer.
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